Neil Armstrong: RIP

Neil Armstrong: Requiescat in Pace. He died after complications from heart surgery.


The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died today at 82.  He served as a naval fighter pilot in Korea, flying 78 combat missions.  A test pilot after the war, his feats in that field were legendary, combining strong engineering ability, cold courage and preternatural flight skills.  He was accepted into the astronaut program in 1962.  On July 16, 1969, in the middle of the night in Central Illinois, he set foot on the moon.  My father and I, like most of the country, were riveted to the television screen as we watched a turning point in the history of humanity.  He intended to say, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” It came out: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Godspeed Mr. Armstrong on the journey you have just embarked upon.

The Daily Mail has a comprehensive article on this news here.

 

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TAC Priest in South Africa.
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One Response to Neil Armstrong: RIP

  1. My father, who was also an aviator (RAF), in WW2 and after, racing planes (for a hobby), was a scientist and physicist, met Neil Armstrong back in the 70’s (as I remember, father saying they talked as pilots do, about planes and flying). Indeed, Armstrong was such a great but unassuming man, surely this breed of men are gone now, at least this generation! RIP!

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