When I just heard the news of his passing, I cried and there are tears in my eyes as I write this.
We live in an age where words like heroic and legendary are often used to describe the likes of sports stars and pop icons.
Words like legend and hero are truly fitting for Neil Armstrong, a man whose achievements will be remembered and celebrated as long as the human race exists. A brilliant yet quiet and unassuming man who shunned the limelight and avoided the superstar status so craved by others.
As someone who watched Apollo 11 as a 9 year old child, I have never forgotten that day in July 1969 when the human race finally left its cradle on Mother Earth. It changed my life and forever altered the way we as a species look at ourself.
The man has passed away yet his memory will live on as an inspiration to future generations
Yesterday I was working hard in my backyard, I thought of Neil being the same age as me when he stepped onto the moon, and how far both physically, intellectually etc I was from where he was then. I grew up dreaming and wishing on being an Apollo Astronaut...I thought yesterday how old he must be...
Then this morning I heard the News, everyone must go sometime I know but this news no doubts saddens all the hearts of those that dream to reach far above the clouds
He was one of the first engineer-pilot-astronauts and true to Americans of that era, with balls of steel
I believe it was in the Gemini 8 mission that the spacecraft began rolling out of control. He corrected the rotation without knowing which way was up and managed a safe landing. During one of the Apollo lander tests he barely escaped in time. Probably his bravest act was on the moon when he took control of the lander in the final minutes before landing as they were headed for rocks and found a way to land safely.
One of the true heroes who inspired millions of children all over the world to take up engineering and science.
It is always a forlorn moment when first hand recollections of great historical achievements pass from living memory. This one is the greatest, which leaves its void with us now; the very pinnacle of human endeavor, which was never surpassed to the very day of his passing.