This year is really going out with some big names of my time here, but Neil Armstrong is all American as Mom and apple pie gets. After Sputnik was launched by Russia the clock was ticking and the team assembled for that time, will still be remembered throughout human history. From journalism to flight directors like Walter Cronkite and Gen Kranz these people were at the right place at the right time, to coin the phrase “The Right Stuff”.
Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor and United States Naval Aviator. He was the first person to walk on the Moon. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was a United States Navy officer and had served in the Korean War. After the war, he served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He graduated from Purdue University and the University of Southern California.
A participant in the U.S. Air Force’s Man In Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs, Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962. His first spaceflight was the NASA Gemini 8 mission in 1966, for which he was the command pilot, becoming one of the first U.S. civilians in space. On this mission, he performed the first manned docking of two spacecraft with pilot David Scott.
Armstrong’s second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent 2½ hours exploring, while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module. Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon along with Collins and Aldrin, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.
On August 25, 2012, Armstrong died in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 82 due to complications from blocked coronary arteries.
U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong will be buried at sea.
A public memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on September 13 and will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online at nasa.gov and nationalcathedral.org.
In light of the sad loss of Neil Armstrong, we present the NASA documentary on Apollo 11 “Apollo 11, For all Mankind”. With mission video, audio and highlights of the launch, the first steps onto the Moon and landing.
Apollo 11 launched on a Saturn V rocket on July 16th 1969 at 13:32 UTC from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. They touched down on the Moon 5 days later on July 20th 1969 at 20:17 UTC. The famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” were uttered the next day at 02:56 UTC. They returned to Earth on July 24th 1969 at 16:50 UTC.
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That’s one Big Boot
For Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for man one giant leap for mankind”, come Monday morning will leave a young mind to think whats that like to be the first, what was it like to be Neil? I’ll bet that boy goes to Mars, first man to step apon a planet. This was Neil’s kick-start to One Small Step, we have another first to look forward to and it will be Mars. That’s a big boot to fill, thanks Neil, Buzz and Collins.
Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander and first person to walk on the moon, guides us through the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the half-century since its establishment in 1958. Produced by NASA TV, 2008.
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NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong:
Former Apollo astronauts, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and other dignitaries gathered at Washington’s National Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 13, to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 commander and first man on the moon, who died on August 25.
“Neil will always be remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on another world,” said Administrator Bolden. “But it was the courage, grace and humility he displayed throughout his life that lifted him above the stars.”
“In Neil’s mind, it was never about Neil,” said Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan. “It was about you, your mothers and fathers, your grandparents, those of an earlier generation, who gave him the opportunity to walk on the moon. . . . He always gave credit to those who just didn’t know it couldn’t be done.”
“He knew who he was and he understood the immensity of what he had done. Yet Neil was always willing to give of himself,” said Cernan,
Armstrong’s words “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history.
Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the climactic fulfillment of the efforts and hopes of millions of people and the expenditure of billions of dollars. A plaque on one of the lander’s legs that concluded “We came in peace for all mankind,” further emphasized that Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were there as representatives of all humans.
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“A Celebration of the Life of Neil Armstrong”
There is a tiny piece of the moon in Washington’s National Cathedral, delivered there personally by the men who brought it back.
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins delivered the seven-gram sample from the lunar Sea of Tranquility during a ceremony at the Cathedral on July 21, 1974, five years after their history-making lunar landing.
“On behalf of the President and the people of the United States we present unto you this fragment of creation from beyond the earth to be imbedded in the fabric of this house of prayer for all people,” said Armstrong, whose life and legacy will be honored during a memorial service at the Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 13.
The stained glass window that houses the piece of moon rock has become known as the “Space Window.” It was donated by Dr. Thomas O. Paine, NASA’s administrator during the Apollo 11 mission, and designed by St. Louis artist Rodney Winfield. Whirling stars and orbiting planets are depicted in orange, red and white on a deep blue and green field.
President Nixon authorized the gift of the lunar rock, which is now encased in an air-tight, nitrogen-filled capsule in the window.
In preparation for mounting the 3.6 billion-year-old sample collected by Armstrong and Aldrin, workers sealed a rock section two-and-one-half inches in diameter sealed between two pieces of tempered glass circled with a band of stainless steel. The sealing was done in a nitrogen environment so that any void between the pieces of glass would be filled with nitrogen rather than air, preventing deterioration. The moon rock is a basalt, probably from a lava flow. The mineral pyroxferroite, unknown on Earth, was also discovered in the rock.
During this mass for Neil, his good friend Capt. Eugene A. Cernan reflects Neil’s life. ( at 0:27:55)
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