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Old 08-25-2012, 08:12 PM   #15
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Once again Mr. Armstrong looks down upon us. This time for eternity.

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Another great one gone. Our hats off and salute to him.

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Old 08-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #17
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So many hero's pass each day, great and small, but one embodies them all in his courage, strength of character, and notoriety. We mourn the loss of a man who by "just doing his job" showed so much of what the true human spirit is capable of. While those of us old to remember hearing "The Eagle has landed", Neil Armstrong will be forever in our minds each time we look up to the Moon and I will also remember other fallen hero's I had the pleasure to know over many years.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:45 AM   #18
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I think everyone old enough to remember where they were when we head the Eagle has landed back on july 20 1969. Niel Armstongs Famous words one step for Man and one step for Man kind, while i watched on the old black and white Tv. One of the great hero's of our time.
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:48 AM   #19
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I was a newspaper boy in 1957; had a morning route. At 4am I would gather and fold my papers in the entry way to our home preparing for delivery. I was alone at that time everyone else was asleep. Each morning more news of the soviet attempts to send a satellite into space. Finally the headline screemed SPUTNIK one morning. I felt awful, alone and vulnerable. I was sad to place that news on every door step that morning.

The days following in school the entire demeaner changed in our teachers. They spoke of how important science was going to be going forward. Then the seemingly endless news broadcast of missles blowing up on site; spewing off course, tumbling into huge fireballs and showers of debris.

The soviets put an astronaut into space. This was a time when people were digging bomb shelters in their backyard and we had air raid siren test and drills at school.

Finally we strapped a man to the top of one of those Model T's of the space age and we hurled a man into space. The race was on, and a new president announced that we would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade of the sixties. How bold and sure. And what a decade was as I remember back.

It culminated with the famous ride of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. What a difference in twelve short years to hear a voice from the moon an American Astronaut in such a sure and steady tone.

Could there have been a better pick than Neil Armstrong? I don't think so. He, as they all did, inspired us with his skill and daring. More than that however Neil Armstrong lived a life examplar after he gathered his fame. He was a great pilot, astronaut, but it turns out a great and humble servant to the American way. A unique man among men; the perfect choice, Neil Armstrong.
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:46 PM   #20
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What many may not know about Neil Armstrong is he was a hero before the space flight. He had 111 combat missions i Vietnam as a bomber pilot and was a test pilot for many of the newer faster jets. All before he was an astronaut.
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Originally Posted by 99-Am.Star View Post
What many may not know about Neil Armstrong is he was a hero before the space flight. He had 111 combat missions i Vietnam...
Many folks make that mistake for most of the early astronauts and various well intended internet postings often repeat this mistake so it is easy to get it wrong. If the early astronauts did have combat experience it was in Korea. Neal Armstrong flew 78 fighter combat missions in Korea.

Was Neil Armstrong in the Vietnam war

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Astronauts - The last American Heros........................

If anyone has not seen the movie "The Right Stuff", you are missing a great film about great men. Even better, IMO, than "Apollo 13"
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That moment on one July night back in 1969 is one that one never forgets. I was glued to the TV along with my wife and family to view the event as it happened. It is like it was burned into the brain cells. I can remember it was like yesterday. All the hooping and hollering when he touched the ground. There are not many things in life you remember like this!!

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"Houston, Tranquility Base here.
The Eagle has landed."

"That's one small step for man,
one giant leap for mankind."

God bless you Mr. Armstrong
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A true American hero!

He admitted some years later that he misspoke when he took his famous first step on the moon.

He said; "One small step for man....."

He had planned to say; "One small step for a man......"
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i went to an award ceremony today at work (NASA Langley) and this had been applied to the walkway outside the Reid Conference Center:

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i went to an award ceremony today at work (NASA Langley) and this had been applied to the walkway outside the Reid Conference Center
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i thought so. nobody even mentioned it, i just happened to see it on my way out. although he was mentioned in the opening remarks as "a reluctant hero, just doing his job".

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