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There is a sadness in my household today. The world has lost a great man.

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Neil DC
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Adding my condolences at the loss of a global icon. I feel lucky to have seen him in person at the Wright flyers anniversary in New York city in 2003. They say that he had a presence when he walked into any arena and it was true that day. He was mobbed by the press. I am honored to share the same first name as this great man and have my birthday the day after his. Who in history could have achieved more than Neil Armstrong did?

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I had just watched his talk at the 4Oth anniversary of Apollo 15 yesterday on YouTube.

Highly recommend it. He was great and did his job well.

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The end of an era.

My wife and I took our daughter, then only 6 years old, to the ASF Apollo 12 Gala dinner. We were quite surprised and thrilled when Neil Armstrong spoke before the dinner.

What a great statement from the Armstrong family; my daughter just smiled...

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I cannot think of anyone else who could have handled the honor (and the burden) of that historic achievement with as much class and dignity as Neil Armstrong had.

What a remarkable man he was.

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Like so many others around the World, I too took that journey with the crew of Apollo 11. I was a young boy, but the adventure, the courage and skill of the Crew, and the scientific and engineering achievements captivated me and inspired me to seek out what lay beyond my own horizons.

The loss of this great and inspiring man will be felt in my heart forever, as it will in the hearts of everyone who like up at the sky and wonders, and wishes, and is emboldened to achieve their dreams.

My thoughts go out to his Family, his colleagues and Friends who have had the good fortune to share in his journey. He will never be forgotten.

And yes, I did wink at the Moon tonight, with a tear in my eye.

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A few thoughts on Neil Armstrong's place in what writers might call "the national consciousness:"

I learned of his passing today via text from my girlfriend, moments after throwing my golf clubs into the trunk of my car after yet another thoroughly mediocre round of 91. It's these insignificant but specific things we remember when we recall where we were and what we were doing when we got historic news.

We talked on the phone a bit ago, and the subject came up. My girlfriend has no particular interest in space, but valiantly puts up with my enthusiasms. Regarding Armstrong, she said offhand..."He was kind of a hermit, wasn't he? I mean, someone that famous and you never hear about him until now? Isn't that weird?"

I suspect that there were a lot of similar conversational exchanges today regarding Neil Armstrong.

I answered her the best I could: Neil Armstrong occupies a singular place in human history, and chose not to exploit it. He was not a hermit or an eccentric; he simply chose to give of himself only to causes and occasions he deemed worthy.

This is very difficult for those of us who are products of the late 20th and early 21st centuries to understand, because the currency of fame today has been devalued to nearly nothing. You don't really need to accomplish anything to be famous today, and so it's inconceivable to us that an individual occupying an utterly unique place in history would actually choose not to get paid to put his face everywhere you look.

This restraint, as much as anything he accomplished in a cockpit or on the Moon, is why I admire Neil Armstrong.

Kevin T. Randall
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Your departure is one giant loss for mankind. RIP.

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Gone but his name springs eternal...

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David Bryant
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Fame is often fleeting and ephemeral: but there can only be one 'First on the Moon' and Neil Armstrong will be remembered long after names such as Mick Jagger, Dan Marino or Wayne Rooney are forgotten. He is in a select group of immortals that includes Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Yuri Gagarin and Sherpa Tensing Norkay... RIP.

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I met Neil Armstrong in Dublin 2003, what a charming gentleman. It was an evening I shall never forget. R.I.P

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A sad day indeed, I feel fortunate to be of a certain age to remember the Apollo 11 mission in great detail along with all the others too. Indeed as a 14 year old on holiday in South Devon in the summer of '69 I had followed the Apollo programme since Apollo 8 and looked forward to the Apollo 11 mission with great excitement.

I recall the wonderous anticipation of the time and on the night of the landing was allowed to stay up to watch the events unfold with my 76 year old grandfather, who always quizzed me on the latest developments in space exploration. It was cool to see the first moon walk as it happened reported on British TV, and to stay up all night as a teenager was pretty neat too!

That event (and all the other landings)has stayed clear in my mind ever since. Though I never met Neil I heard from him after sending him a copy of my Apollo 11 book (published by Ian Allan) in 1989 - he sent a personally signed photo to me and a appreciative comment (via his secretary). That was good enough for me.

It is so sad that the passing, only a couple of weeks after his birthday, comes so soon after the loss of Sally Ride.

Looking up at the moon will never be the same again...but at least you can imagine a little bit of Neil looking back and smiling at us all.One small step for Neil has become a giant leap into unforgettable human history...

Thanks Neil and his colleagues for helping create a passion in my life by all they achieved in theirs....

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I saw the news of Mr. Armstrong's passing this afternoon. My eyes welled up a bit. Amazing how this news transported me back to July '69 to my 13 year old self with my family gathered around our black & white TV watching him make history.

In tribute I watched, for the umpteenth time, the Apollo 11 episode of From The Earth To The Moon. Tonight I went into my yard, looked at the Moon and winked.

While we all knew the day would come that Neil, Buzz or Mike would leave us I'd hoped that they'd still be here to celebrate the 50th anniv. in 2019.

Lastly, dictionaries should be revised so that if you look up the word 'gentleman' they'd have a picture of Neil Armstrong as the definition. That's all you'd need.

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A heroe of the world has gone. Very, very sad. R.I.P.

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RIP

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A true hero to us all. May his passing inspire the next generation of exploration.

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Thanks for your exemplary hard work, dedication and humility. Thanks also for taking on a place in history that I am sure that we all know was not always easy to bear. Rest in peace as I, and so many others, look up at the moon and, as your family wished, remember you with a wink.

As you once said to me, I belatedly now say to you - "It was nice to meet you".

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I have had the honor of meeting Mr. Armstrong on three occassions. A real gentleman he will be missed by all. Godspeed and good tailwinds Mr. Armstrong.

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A true hero to me from the age of 6 when my father woke me in the early hours to watch the historic first steps. RIP Neil Armstrong.

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A real shame, the world has lost a true hero.

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I was only about 1.5 years old when he made his "small step" but was always one of my biggest childhood heroes. He inspired a lifelong interest in the Apollo program for me. He'll be missed.

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Very shocked to hear the sad news. Rest in peace Neil.

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