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Offline raven

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2012, 08:00:32 PM »
Every journey begins with a single step, and his first step showed us that we could fly.
Vaya con Dios, Mr. Armstrong.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2012, 08:11:56 PM »
Let us not forget that Neil Armstrong never considered himself to be anything "special" or above other people because he walked on the Moon. He thought it as something he just happened to be the first to do, and nothing else. He truly was a very humble man, and that made him such a great "first".

Rest in Peace, mr. Armstrong.

Offline Obviousman

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2012, 08:33:30 PM »
Vale.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2012, 09:02:39 PM »
*Sigh*

http://xkcd.com/893/

Be sure to mouse over the picture to read the rollover text.
"What makes one step a giant leap is all the steps before."

Offline Noldi400

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2012, 09:12:12 PM »

Requiem
 
UNDER the wide and starry sky   
  Dig the grave and let me lie:   
Glad did I live and gladly die,   
  And I laid me down with a will.   
 
This be the verse you 'grave for me:
  Here he lies where he long'd to be;   
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,   
  And the hunter home from the hill.
   

-R. L. Stevenson
"The sane understand that human beings are incapable of sustaining conspiracies on a grand scale, because some of our most defining qualities as a species are... a tendency to panic, and an inability to keep our mouths shut." - Dean Koontz

Offline raven

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2012, 09:39:07 PM »
For some reason this topic is listed in the forum as 'locked' when it evidently is not. :o

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2012, 09:47:32 PM »
I've pinned it to the top of the forum. Does it show a padlock for you?
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2012, 09:50:32 PM »

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2012, 01:30:02 AM »
It seems it has all been said

Neil was one of the greats who did not choose to follow the path of fame and celebratory but instead walked a humble path educating students in aerospace engineering after he left NASA and the space industry.

Farewell old friend

Offline raven

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2012, 03:26:50 AM »
I've pinned it to the top of the forum. Does it show a padlock for you?
Oops, my mistake. :-[

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2012, 04:00:08 AM »
The significance of Gemini 8 is much lost. The first ever docking in space. Arguably a more significant moment since it affects what we do still today.
Not only was it the first-ever docking in space, it was the first really serious emergency in space. And Armstrong handled it with the same coolness with which he later handled his bailout from the malfunctioning LLTV and the final phase of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

Armstrong was so cool under pressure that you almost wondered if the man even knew what the word meant. Fortunately, the telltale plot of his heart rate in the mission report reassured everybody that he was perfectly human. Yet he did something that few other humans could do: he overcame it, did what he was supposed to do, and brushed it all off later as no big deal. And that's what made him such a big deal.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2012, 12:01:34 PM »
Vale Mr Armstong
"Honeysuckle TV on line!"

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2012, 02:25:51 PM »
Today in honour of Neil, I watched my DVD copy of the 2000 film, The Dish.

When the film finished and I switch back to the TV, it was a news station talking about Neil

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2012, 02:50:37 PM »
So sad to hear of his loss, which seemed so unexpected despite his age and recent cardio procedure. Feels like the end of an era.


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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2012, 04:41:42 PM »
If there is any consolation to the news it is the huge amount of tributes worldwide. Today all we talked about was the small step.
"Honeysuckle TV on line!"