First Man to Walk on Moon, Neil Armstrong Dies at 82 Years

August 25, 2012 by  
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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Moon Walk

American hero and galactic space traveler, Neil Armstrong has passed away due to complications of a prior heart surgery. His now famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” led man to a new age of enlightenment.

The ultimate dream of putting a man on the moon was realized on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Having accomplished what some considered to be impossible, man has continued to question our assumed reality challenging the barriers that we had previously accepted. This monumental accomplishment paved the way for countless other space missions including the launch of the international space station.

Born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio,  Armstrong was fascinated by flight as a child. Armstrong once said, “As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.”With those thoughts in mind, he earned his pilots license before joining the military where he served in the Korean war and later as a test pilot. Following this service Armstrong joined the ranks of NASA where he participated in both the Gemini and Apollo programs.

Truly a pioneer in American history Armstrong’s roots began in Boy Scouts of America where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and later the silver Buffalo Award. On July 18, 1969 Armstrong gave a shout out from space to his fellow scouts, “I’d like to say hello to all my fellow Scouts and Scouters at Farragut State Park in Idaho having a National Jamboree there this week; and Apollo 11 would like to send them best wishes”.

Armstrong lived an exceptional life, living his dream and challenging other to do the same. “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine,” Armstrong did just that living life to the fullest.

 

 

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