The Loss of Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012

Today, August 25th, 2012, one of the pioneers of Earth’s space exploration has died. Neil Armstrong, at the age of 82 years, died due to complications after his heart surgery. It is a sad day for those with any interest in science or space.

A hero of science has been lost, and we shall miss him. When a great man like Neil Armstrong or Steve Jobs die, we all lose a little something. Some inspiration of being like our hero to meet our hero. As of today, those inspired by the first man to walk on the moon will no longer be able to meet the man who so many Americans watched with anticipation back in July of 1969.

Armstrong, tired & covered in dust, in the LEM just after the historic 3-hr moonwalk

Neil Armstrong just after his first walk on the Moon

I am a great fan of science, and wish to eventually know what it’s like to be in space. I will not be able to take advice from one of the first humans up there, or be able to ever compare myself to such a legend in space exploration.

Now that the legend has died, he shall be immortalized by us all, and put in a high place by those that shall speak his name. “Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. He was great, and what he left for us shall be great.”

What we must do, in his honor, is travel back to the Moon. We must continue with space exploration and travel to distant worlds. Mars, Titan, Europa, and many other places are waiting for us. All we have to do is think of how proud we will be, how great our success shall be, and ignite the rockets that will take us on a great journey. A great journey that started with the first boot-print on the Moon.

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