Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, aged 82 may he R.I.P


I am not one to post R.I.P notices for every person or celebrity that passes but I do think this Icon deserves a Mention.

So few men have had the opportunity to make such a mark upon history. He was a great man and will never be forgotten.

I was only 6 or 7 when he landed on the moon and I remember it being on the news and going round a friends house to see with my parents because they had a colour tv a luxury we didn’t have at the time.
I think it was the first newsworthy item that I ever actually paid attention to .. lets face it kids of that age are not really into the news.

So I have to say I was saddened to see this news this evening

US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, has died at the age of 82.

 

His family says he died from complications from heart surgery he had earlier this month.

 

He walked on the Moon on 20 July 1969, famously describing the event as “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”.

 

Last November Armstrong received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award.

 

He was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. He and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon.

 

‘Reluctant hero’

 

Armstrong, who was raised in Ohio, took his first flight aged six with his father and formed a lifelong passion for flying.

 

He flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s, and joined the US space programme in 1962.

 

Correspondents say Armstrong remained modest and never allowed himself to be caught up in the glamour of space exploration.

 

“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer,” he said in February 2000, in a rare public appearance.

 

In a statement, his family praised him as a “reluctant American hero”who had “served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut”.

 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong

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