Neil Armstrong

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/us/neil-armstrong-obit/index.html
    RIP Neil Armstrong- a hero for a generation. His "One giant leap for mankind" has to be one of the truly breathtaking actions of all time. For a little bit of time, as the Vietnam war was tearing us apart, Armstrong's landing on the moon transcended politics and the war- it was an event that was almost beyond imagination and made almost everyone truly proud to be an American.


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  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    He sure didn't let the limelight go to his head either. Smart, courageous, and humble. We could use a few more like him.
     
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    Snuck out the back gate at Keesler after curfew to watch the landing. I think the whole base was out there. A great Hero.
     
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    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Dad woke us up to watch it live on BBC1...we were living in the UK at the time. He filmed it from the TV...

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    A great man we have lost

    He reminds us that the United States is capable of great things when it is determined to do them.
     
  6. Sandbar

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    Niel Armstrong, a great American. He did his job to the best of his abilities,
    and lived quietly and with great humility the rest of his life.
     
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    "I am, and ever will be, a white-sock, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer."-Neil Armstrong

    I still remember, as a young teen, sitting in our family room watching him step on to the Moon.

    I was lucky enough to meet Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins at the the Air and Space Museum, Washington DC in 1976, an incredible group of American Heros.
     
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    To meet those amazing men must have been terrific.
     
  9. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    This article by Daniel Goldin sums the legacy of Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11 well I think. Big challenge- to galvanize the country to support a similar endeavor will be tough.



    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...2c0-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html?hpid=z9

     
  10. Luigi59

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    Interestingly, he was one of only 2 civilians (out of 12 total) to ever walk on the moon.

    With his death, there are now only 8 living humans who have walked on the moon (the youngest is 76 years old).
     

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