Neil Armstrong passed away today. To say he was an American hero is an understatement.
From the Washington Examiner:
Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement Saturday. It didn't say where he died.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.
"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said.
In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of heated space race with the then-Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called "a tender moment" and left a patch commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.
"It was special and memorable but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do," Armstrong told an Australian television interviewer this year.
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
Anyone who was alive in 1969 and was older than five or six years old then remembers where they were when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
Today we remember the great days of America. Those days have passed. Neil Armstrong never considered his accomplishment to be something he should be rewarded with fame for.
Yet in his last couple of years, he did come out as the man who landed on the moon and used that stature to criticize the Obama Regime and their decimation of the manned space program.
Neil Armstrong was an American hero.
We say farewell to a giant.
may he walk in peace on any planet now
Truly a hero. I remember listening to the landing as a child and being so excited and so awed.
The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, is a great place to visit and learn about American greatness in space.
Godspeed and Rest in Peace Mr. Armstrong.
I was blessed to have worked with Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11, Lunar Module at Grumman Aerospace on Long Island. He was a gentleman, a visionary and above all an American Hero. When he and Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins returned to Long Island to thank all of us that had worked with them on this historic adventure, it was Neil that took the extra few minutes to stop by my office and personally thank this then young Engineer. Even though we had worked side-by-side all those years, I was awed by his humility in this simple act of kindness. He was truly one of a kind. RIP my friend, you did your country much honor.
Thank you for sharing your memories.
Like shaking the hand of Columbus.
Something else Obama has put his stink on:
A True American Hero - I'll never forget the day, the moment, he stepped down from Lunar Module onto the surface of the Moon. That day is also my birthday, I turned 13 that day and I thought what better way to celebrate my birthday then for those brave men to land on Moon!
I was attending a math teachers workship at Lehigh University. With my wife pregnant with my first child, I watched it on the TV in the packed dorm lounge. Don’t need Utube to recall that picture on the screen. A long time space buff, I though it was the beginning of an era. Did not count on the smallness of politicians.
I'm sure he's flying with the best of them now, sans the cumbersome spaceship.