R.I.P. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

We here at Templar Digital are sad to report that U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday.

Armstrong was commander of the Apollo 11 mission that made the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.

Man’s First Step on the Moon
The Apollo 11 astronauts’ euphoric moonwalk provided Americans with a sense of achievement in the space race with Cold War foe the Soviet Union and while Washington was engaged in a bloody war with the communists in Vietnam.

Neil Alden Armstrong was 38 years old at the time and even though he had fulfilled one of mankind’s age-old quests that placed him at the pinnacle of human achievement, he did not revel in his accomplishment. He even seemed frustrated by the acclaim it brought.

He once was asked how he felt knowing his footprints would likely stay on the moon’s surface for thousands of years. “I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up,” he said.

Armstrong underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries. He died on August 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio, following complications resulting from these cardiovascular procedures. Hours later, President Barack Obama released a statement on Armstrong’s death describing him as “among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time.” According to a statement released by the White House, Obama added that he, along with the Apollo 11 crew, carried the aspirations of the United States’ citizens and that Armstrong had delivered “a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.”

Armstrong’s family also released a statement that read “[he was a] reluctant American hero [and had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. 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.”

His colleague on the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin, commented that he was “very saddened to learn of the passing. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.” Command module pilot Michael Collins said simply, “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that Armstrong will be “remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.”

Armstrong’s family statement made the tribute “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.” This prompted many responses including the Twitter hashtag “#WinkAtTheMoon”

We at Templar Digital are deeply sadden of the loss of a Great Man who changed Humanity forever and will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences to Armstrong’s Family as they go through this process.

“YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME”

-Brian Lansangan
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