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Neil Armstrong dies

Post by Katiedot on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 21:00

Posting this because my childhood ambition was to be an astronaut. Admittedly, I wanted to be the Captain Kirk kind of astronaut, but still:


25 August 2012

US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, has died at the age of 82.

Earlier this month he had surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

He walked on the Moon on 20 July 1969, famously describing the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind".

Last November Armstrong, along with three other astronauts, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award. He was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. He and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon.

A statement from Armstrong's family says he died following complications resulting from his heart surgery, the Associated Press news agency says.

'Nerdy engineer'

Armstrong took his first flight aged six with his father, and formed a lifelong passion for flying.

He flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s, and joined the US space programme in 1962. Correspondents say Armstrong remained modest and never allowed himself to be caught up in the glamour of space exploration.

"I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer," he said in February 2000, in a rare public appearance.

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Post by premiere on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 21:04

I just saw this. I remember watching the moon landing on TV and feeling so proud to be an American. What an inspiration he was.
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Post by Maggy on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 21:07

He will always be remember. RIP.
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Post by it's me on Sat 25 Aug 2012, 23:36

Maggy wrote: He will always be remember. RIP.


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Post by Merlin on Sun 26 Aug 2012, 08:50

Nice quote from his family...

"For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."
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