Neil Armstrong Dies at 82

From Fox News.

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, a statement Saturday from his family said. 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.

……Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

“The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to,” Armstrong once said.

The moonwalk marked America’s victory in the Cold War space race that began Oct. 4, 1957, with the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, a 184-pound satellite that sent shock waves around the world.

……The third astronaut on the mission, Michael Collins, circled the moon in the mother ship Columbia 60 miles overhead while Armstrong and Aldrin went to the moon’s surface.

In all, 12 American astronauts walked on the moon between 1969 and the last moon mission in 1972.

On 20 July, 1969 I was 12 years old and glued to the TV set as Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the lunar surface and made history.  Those images are just as vivid now as they were then.

Rest in peace, Neil.

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1 thought on “Neil Armstrong Dies at 82”

  1. those sumbitches ate the cheese before they splashed down…we all could have had green moon cheese but they got the munchies…

    an’ SARG…while you were glued to the tv…me an’ a cuppla buddys were bizzy wit’ some of unkle Ho’s team…we were fightin’ over the remote I think…no!!! wait…it was sumpin’ else…

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