Saturday, August 25, 2012

"That's one small step for man..." - First 'Moon Walker' Dies At 82



Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dead at 82

(CBS News) Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who became the first human being to set foot on another world, has died. He was 82.

In a statement his family said Armstrong had passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

The family described him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and also as "a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job."
That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.

When Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, he fulfilled the goal that had been set by President John F. Kennedy just eight years earlier.

It was a long, long way from Armstrong's birthplace near tiny Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1930.

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Note: I recall watching the televised landing on the moon, felt a personal thrill and the pride of all America.

My heartfelt condolences to Armstrong's family, friends and to the U.S., for losing another hero.

The Eagle has flown to a distant point of light among the stars...

Neil Armstrong, thank you sir!  You will be sorely missed. -SW


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