Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, Dead Today August 25, 2012

But, NBC announced the death of Neil Young. He was the first man to walk on the moon, you know. Oh, wait. That was Lance Armstrong - he was the first man to walk ... no, that's not right, either. Hey, can someone find a grown up, please!

In the meantime, NBC went with this headline:

Guessing Neil Young was close - he did do Harvest Moon and that does have "moon" in it.

Neil Armstrong did the Moon, and he was not only the first human being to walk on the Moon, but any extraterrestrial body. Until Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, mankind had been confined to this good earth. Today, we can watch the  robot explorer, Curiosity, rove across the surface of Mars. As grand as that is, nothing compares to staying up late to watch grainy black and white images of LEMs (Eagle) decent to the surface. Seeing the surface as too rocky to land, Armstrong took control from the landing computer and guided Eagle to a flat area and set Eagle down on the Moon surface with only 30 seconds of fuel remaining. Armstrong informed Mission Control, "Ahh, Houston. Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed." 

Later, Armstrong stepped off the LEM and coolly intoned as only an engineer could, "That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong.

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