Sunday, August 26, 2012

RIP Neil Armstrong

Photo: The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.

"On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own. 

"Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation. 

"As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero."

I don't know about you, but I remember watching that 'small step for man' moment.  It wasn't black and white, it was fuzzy shades of gray.  I wonder... is that where the Man on the Moon came from?  Maybe for me. 

It was after President Kennedy had said we would do it and we did!  Neil Armstrong was the first man to take that step...for all of us!  At my age, maybe even older people, it was so inconceivable!  A diffinite WOW moment!

Imagine the journey... the unknown.  We all take a journey but to those heights?!   I don't live on the Space Coast by accident.

Beautiful message from the family of Neil Armstrong: "For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

Good Night Mr. Armstrong!  Safe journey and God's speed.

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