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Neil Armstrong

Post #1by TERRIER » 26.08.2012, 00:15


Very sad to hear the news that Neil Armstrong has died of complications resulting from heart-bypass surgery.
He had just recently celebrated his 82nd birthday on August 5th, before having the operation a couple of days later.
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Re: Neil Armstrong

Post #2by PlutonianEmpire » 26.08.2012, 00:28

R.I.P. :(
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Re: Neil Armstrong

Post #3by Reiko » 27.08.2012, 05:39

He may be gone but will be remembered for thousands of years.

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Re: Neil Armstrong

Post #4by Marco Klunder » 27.08.2012, 19:32

Indeed very sad news.
He was a hero.

See this very special interview with Neil Armstrong on CPA Australia last year :!:
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Re: Neil Armstrong

Post #5by Chuft-Captain » 27.08.2012, 21:10

It's all been said before by people more eloquent than I, about his courage, skill, and modesty... (for example, how he once was almost killed when he ejected from a lunar-landing trainer 100ft from the ground, yet was found doing paperwork in his office just a short time later).

I've definitely been struggling to find words to do justice to the memory of this man, so perhaps a picture is worth a thousand words...

Despite the fact that he has always shunned publicity and media attention about his achievements, I think this photo (from: HERE) of him sitting in the lunar module soon after the first lunar walk, with tears in his eyes, says everything about what this achievement meant to him:
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This, from a man not known for emotional displays, so I think that this is the moment for which I will remember him best.
Of course, he would probably have claimed that the red eyes were the result of irritation by lunar dust. :wink:

His name will surely be forever remembered by history, but it's important to note that those most affected by his passing are those closest to him, so my thoughts go out to his family and friends.
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