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Old 08-25-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, U.S. media reported on Saturday.

First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead at 82: NBC - Yahoo! News
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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Sad to hear -- he was cut from the perfect cloth to occupy his place in American and world history.

12 men have walked on the moon thus far. Now, only 8 of them are still alive, including Buzz Aldrin, who landed with Neil Armstrong.

Another 12 men travelled to the moon but only orbited it, never landing on the surface. Of them, 9 still live, including Michael Collins, who travelled to the moon with Armstrong and Aldrin, and Jim Lovell, who travelled to the moon twice without ever landing on the surface.

Side note -- last year I read Rocket Men: the Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, by Craig Nelson (2009). I highly recommend it. A great adventure tale, all the more fascinating because it is history, not fiction.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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R.I.P. Armstrong

He was an inspiration to all of us. I was not anywhere close to being alive when he landed on the moon, but he inspired me too. Hearing of his death reminds me of my youthful facinations with astonomy, space and physics that had to be buried for more "practical" things. I hope we can see the dearth of scientists and engineers lessen in future generations with more heroes like Armstrong and emphasis on the importance of their accomplishments.
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