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Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became first to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11, has died. He was 82 years old.



http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/neil-armstrong-man-moon-dea...
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soblue At least HIM and Louis will "B" upon the MOON together there, having the "last laugh" at those whom said they'd NEVAH!: make "it"!
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Rest in Peace.
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Holy crap, I assumed Death had just given up trying on him.
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The world seems a little bit smaller somehow.
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Thank you Mr. Armstrong for inspiring a seven year old boy. You are stardust once again. The world does, indeed, seem smaller today and our horizons just a little more clouded.
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His moonwalk was one of my earliest memories - I was 4 1/2 years old. And one of my few heroes.
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RIP. Good luck on your next small step.
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
His moonwalk was one of my earliest memories - I was 4 1/2 years old. And one of my few heroes.


You should consider making an entry saying just that on this geeklist: Heroes from your Childhood
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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

For those wanting to learn more about this incredible man I recommend the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen. Neil didn't like the title himself. As he pointed out he wasn't the first man on the moon. He and Buzz landed together. It's been rumored for years that Neil wrote his own autobiography to be published after his death. Hopefully he did.
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A great man. His own man.

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I will toss in Michael Collins "Carrying The Fire" as a wonderful book.
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As a kid, I always thought he was awesome. Who wouldn't?

Then I saw him speak. I lucked out when he spoke at my mom's graduation from college when I was a teen. And yes, it was awesome.

I can't tell you who spoke when I graduated (either time, although I remember they were good talks) but I can tell you that Neil Armstrong spoke at my mom's commencement.
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If anybody deserves to be embalmed and posed like a bear it's this guy. I mean, c'mon—even dead it's been to the Moon and back! Let future generations wear his head shiny-smooth because it's good luck to touch it.
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Only 8 moon-walkers left: Buzz Aldrin, 82; Alan Bean, 80; Edgar Mitchell, 81; David Scott, 80; John W. Young, 81; Charles Duke, 76; Eugene Cernan, 78; and Harrison Schmitt, 77.

Rest in Peace Neil.
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Only 8 moon-walkers left: Buzz Aldrin, 82; Alan Bean, 80; Edgar Mitchell, 81; David Scott, 80; John W. Young, 81; Charles Duke, 76; Eugene Cernan, 78; and Harrison Schmitt, 77.

Rest in Peace Neil.


It's a shame that none of these men will likely be around when another member is added to their ranks. We have become earthbound again.

One of my favorite stories about Armstrong is that, during the final moments of the moon landing, the original landing site was found to be strewn with boulders. They had to clear a small crater to move on to flatter ground, flying only a few dozen feet above the surface. With only an uncertain few seconds of fuel left, Armstrong spotted and flew the lander to a clear area and set it down with practically empty fuel tanks. During the maneuver his heart rate and pulse remained steady and normal. The guy had ice-water in his veins. Still one of my heroes.
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The Armstrong family statement made me tear up a little:

"Next time you walk outside on clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil and give him a wink.”
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Jess, I just read that on Facebook and came to post it here also.
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
His moonwalk was one of my earliest memories - I was 4 1/2 years old. And one of my few heroes.


He was my only hero.
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"We have serious problems here."

Armstrong on Gemini 8. The thing you need to remember while watching this is that no one's ever done anything like it before—he's literally flying by the seat of his pants and problem-solving on the edge of blackout.

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Armstrong ejecting from the LLRV:

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Jatoha wrote:
The Armstrong family statement made me tear up a little:

"Next time you walk outside on clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil and give him a wink.”


This needs to be a microbadge.
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