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Neil Armstrong has died

Post by Thena » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:54 pm

I was dreading that this day would come, especially after I heard about his recent heart surgery. But now it's here. Neil Armstrong, commander of the first mission to land on the moon, has passed away at the age of 82.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:27 pm

I just came over to post this. I just heard. This is terrible. :sob:

He was an amazing man. Not just for his accomplishment, being the first man to set foot on another world-- the most significant event in Human history-- but for his intelligence and grace and humility and serenity. The guy who was at the center of the greatest event in history was a quiet man who kept to himself. He wanted no fame or accolades. He was one of the greatest role models ever.

I watched him on TV when he landed on the Moon. I took this picture:

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RIP, Neil Armstrong. :bye:
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Post by Lupine » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:48 pm

:( :bye:

RIP, Neil.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:55 pm

He's getting some nice coverage on CNN. I just wish Wolf Blitzer would shut up and let people talk.

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Post by Thena » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:25 am

When Sally Ride passed away a few weeks ago, I consoled myself by remembering that the entire Apollo 11 crew was still with us. :(

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Post by scottydog » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:55 am

That's such a super cool photo, RJ. Armstrong led a great, long life. The passing of a hero is always sad.

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Post by jgc » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:08 am

I remember that summer I was working at an ice cream drive in. That day, business was so slow, the owner closed up and drove all of us girls home so we could watch with our families. I got home about 15 minutes before the "One small step for man..."
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Re: Neil Armstrong has died

Post by australis » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:51 am

I remember getting up really early to watch this (kids I went to school with remember them showing it at school).

A man endlessly easy to admire.

I hope there are more to take his place someday, up here and down there.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:34 am

I can't find the quote online, but I was thinking about something I saw him say at one of his rare public appearances. He said that there are two kinds of birds: The kinds that talk and the kinds that fly. He was the kind that flew.

I also remembered that he has a copy of my first book. One of the poems is about him, so I sent it to him. I got a thank-you note back. I wonder if he ever actually read it.
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Post by scottydog » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:19 am

RJDiogenes wrote: I also remembered that he has a copy of my first book. One of the poems is about him, so I sent it to him. I got a thank-you note back. I wonder if he ever actually read it.
That's truly awesome! Did you keep the thank-you note?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:42 pm

I do have it somewhere, but it's just a note from his secretary; it's not actually from him.
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Post by Thena » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:02 pm

Did anyone wink at the moon in his memory last night. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy here. ;)

I think one of the things that made Neil even greater was that he never sought fame. He never went on reality shows or did paid speeches. The only times he appeared publicly was when he could appear with other Apollo astronauts.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:59 pm

I did not go out and look at the Moon last night. I should do that tonight.
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Post by jgc » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:43 pm

I looked last night. No wink, though.
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Post by Sean » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:33 am

The moon was just beginning to appear in the sky as I was walking back from dinner...in that weird time between night and day. I sent it a wink.

Though I obviously didn't experience the moon landing first hand, figures like Armstrong set the standard for many of my generation. In many ways, the Mars landing a few weeks ago was our Moon landing. It's been done before, yes, but never with this degree of social media connectivity or public hype, to my knowledge. Still, I'd imagine there was something irreplaceable about seeing those first steps 43 years ago.

R.I.P. Mr Armstrong.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:06 am

I took a little walk about 8:30pm and sent him a wink. ;)
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Re: Neil Armstrong has died

Post by Lupine » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:23 pm

No wink, but I always admire the Moon.
Sean wrote:The moon was just beginning to appear in the sky as I was walking back from dinner...in that weird time between night and day. I sent it a wink.

Though I obviously didn't experience the moon landing first hand, figures like Armstrong set the standard for many of my generation. In many ways, the Mars landing a few weeks ago was our Moon landing. It's been done before, yes, but never with this degree of social media connectivity or public hype, to my knowledge. Still, I'd imagine there was something irreplaceable about seeing those first steps 43 years ago.

R.I.P. Mr Armstrong.
The moon shot was a little before my time as well, but I do wish I could have seen it.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:40 pm

It's hard to describe the energy that was in the air in those days. It was a great time to be alive. Of course, it's also sad to watch how that energy has died over the years.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:21 pm

Science Channel is having a Neil Armstrong tribute on Saturday night, starting at 8pm.
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