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Offline LunarOrbit

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Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« on: August 25, 2012, 03:31:00 PM »
Sad to hear that Mr. Armstrong has died. :(

Neil Armstrong, first human on the moon, dies at 83
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 #1 on: August 25, 2012, 03:31:28 PM »
"Cheer up!" they said. "It could be worse!" they said.
So I did.
And it was.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 03:41:53 PM »
As soon as I heard I came here. Truly a sad day but only in selfish desire. We in this community I'm sure feel the loss harder than most. Most of us here have become very intimate defending and explaining this mans glorious feats. To mourn this man however is only self serving.
Let us celebrate what he had accomplished and in knowing his name and voice will echo on for generations to come. He got to experience something that I'm sure anyone here dreams of doing. He was a hero and pioneer and stepped foot onto that foreign and hostile environment and simultaneously stepping into the history books of man.

Thank you Neil, your a part of what makes me proud to be human. Rest in peace brother...you lived the life and in it a humble and selfless one. Truly were one that deserved to make that small step for all humanity that day.
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 03:51:26 PM »
Erm er yeah. Really not sure what to say. It only reminds us of the mortality of the living memory of Apollo.
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 03:53:35 PM »
Still a huge iconic figure in my life.
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2012, 03:57:03 PM »
Well, what can I say. A true man of greatness.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2012, 04:02:55 PM »
If I were a religious man I would say, "Have a good THI, Neil."

THI being Trans-Heaven Injection, of course.


Thank you, Neil.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2012, 04:04:39 PM »
I'm not good with words, especially at times like this, but here are some of my thoughts:

After celebrities like Justin Beiber are long forgotten, Neil Armstrong will be talked about for centuries to come just like Columbus and Magellan. His footprints will be on the surface of the Moon forever. His participation in NASA etc. helped shape our civilization. But while some men would have used Apollo 11 for fame and fortune, Mr. Armstrong was humble and shunned celebrity status. He saw himself as just one person out of the thousands that made it possible to go to the Moon. I admire Mr. Armstrong for more reasons than I can put into words.
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 #8 on: August 25, 2012, 04:08:12 PM »
I posted on Facebook that we are better as a species for having had him.  And you can tell how important he is to me because I'm posting in this section.
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2012, 04:56:09 PM »
A life well lived.  RIP Neil Armstrong.
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2012, 05:59:29 PM »
I feel like I lost a friend. Rest in peace, First Man.
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2012, 06:12:50 PM »
I have a strange feeling this sad news will bring an influx of conspiritards to these parts  :(
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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2012, 06:26:30 PM »
Neil Armstrong was such an amazing person. He was an air combat veteran, X-15 test pilot, and the commander of Gemini 8. Any one of those achievements alone would be impressive, and yet they are rarely mentioned when people talk about Mr. Armstrong because they almost seem insignificant compared to Apollo 11.

Someone once asked me why I like astronauts. I told him its because of their skills, dedication, and their ability to remain calm under pressure. I said they are the best of the best, a combination of scientist, soldier, and Olympic athlete.
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 #13 on: August 25, 2012, 06:29:04 PM »
Sad day, what a life. Cannot add anything else.

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2012, 06:33:06 PM »
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.