The first person to walk on the moon has died.
At the age of 82, Neil Armstrong died on Saturday because of complications from a cardiac bypass operation. Armstrong first set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. He was known for being soft-spoken in an age of optimism. When he landed on the moon, although some believed it to be a hoax at the time, it marked a new era for people all over the world.
His accomplishments deserve to be recognized. Even for those people who are too young to remember the event or for those who weren’t born at the time, the first man on the moon is a significant event in the history of the world.
One hundred years from now, history will remember his name and what he did. Because of Armstrong and his team’s efforts, space opportunities and knowledge expanded. But it is important for us now to also remember the man because after all, people are more than just one thing even if that’s all they are remembered for.
Armstrong has been involved with aeronautical engineering for years. He was even a test pilot with what became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration before being accepted into NASA’s second astronaut class in 1962.
After landing on the moon, Armstrong was appointed the deputy associate administrator for aeronautics at NASA in 1970 and left the next year to teach aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
In 1979 he bought a farm near Lebanon and accepted few interview or speeches requests, but was an active member of the local YMCA, enjoyed golfing and worked with different electronic companies. He married in 1999 and lived in Indian Hill, a suburb of Cincinnati.
Armstrong lived to prove that anything is possible. His family and friends knew him better than anyone else ever could. All we know is his public face, but we will never forget what he accomplished for science.
At a memorial at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Saturday as quoted in the Associated Press, Armstrong’s family had but one request:
“Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
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