Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Very Good Man

Neil Armstrong is being remembered today for what he did in the summer of 1969.  He was a hero long before that after more than 70 combat missions over Korea and after his previous work on Gemini. 

I cannot put it any better than what his family said (from NYT obituary):
“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,” his family said. “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.”
I don't remember the moon landing but do remember the big missions of the mid 1970's--Skylab and the rendezvous with the Soviets.  Thanks to the internet, we can go back to the past and read the papers of the day.

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