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Dear Texas Board of Education,
As the authorized biographer of Neil A. Armstrong and professional historian, I find your reported decision to omit Mr. Armstrong's name from the "science strand" in Texas's fifth grade textbooks totally ridiculous and unjustified. I wonder how many of your board members actually know anything about Armstrong's career other than he was first man on the Moon? Apart from the fact that the first Moon landing will forever stand as one of mankind's boldest and most remarkable achievements, Armstrong, throughout his life, made many outstanding contributions to the progress of flight, both in and out of the atmosphere. As for him not being a "scientist," I dare say your Board members need a better understanding of what engineers do and how they do it, and how Armstrong was much more than a pilot; he was an engineering research pilot and astronaut whose every flight connected in important ways to the science of flying.
Please reconsider what people around the world are regarding to be an idiotic decision on the part of the Texas Board of Education.
Dr. James R. Hansen
Neil Armstrong Biographer &
Professor of History and Director of the Honors College
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