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Neil Armstrong Slips The Surly Bonds of Earth to Touch The Face of God

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Most of us leave footprints behind on Earth after we have left. Neil Armstrong was the first of a rare and select few who stepped higher.


It was just the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong's historic voyage to that wonderous orb that had mystified civilization since the dawn of man. A modern day explorer for humanity in the 20th century. He was an unlikely hero to this little girl 43 years ago...

Walk outside tonight and throw a salute toward the Moon.

In recent years Neil Armstrong was one who led the way in lamenting the poor handling of NASA under the Obama administration.

‘‘That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,’’ - U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong

God speed, Neil Armstrong.

Cross-posted @ CW

UPDATE: Armstrong Family Statement via NASA (below the fold)

From NASA

Bob Jacobs/Davide Weaver
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1600
bob.jacobs@nasa.gov/david.s.weaver@nasa.gov

August 25, 2012 RELEASE : 12-600 FAMILY STATEMENT REGARDING THE DEATH OF NEIL ARMSTRONG WASHINGTON -- The following is a statement from the Armstrong family regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

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