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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2013 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA remembers Neil Armstrong

NASA is remembering Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on another world, on the first anniversary of his death.

Red Beet Records recording artist and Grammy nominee Eric Brace, with some video assistance from NASA, honors Armstrong with an original composition, "Tranquility Base," originally written for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2009.

Editor's note: Rather than use this thread for posting moments of silence, replies are encouraged sharing memories or favorite stories about Neil Armstrong.

Lunar Module 5
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posted 08-23-2013 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar Module 5   Click Here to Email Lunar Module 5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is my tribute, completed a week after Neil's passing...

dom
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posted 08-23-2013 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hard to believe it's a year already but also strange how easy it is to think of him as a part of 'history' and not a real person I was in the same room as. I guess he always knew this would happen and is probably why he valued his privacy?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2013 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
James Hansen (author of "First Man") has contributed to an editorial to SPACE.com on the occasion of this first anniversary of Neil Armstrong's passing. Here's an excerpt:
He was never about himself, as the following personal anecdote shows.

After word came out in 2002 that I was writing Armstrong's biography, actor/director Clint Eastwood hosted Neil and his wife Carol and me and my wife Peggy for a night's stay at his private golf club, Tehama, up in the hills above Carmel Bay in California; Clint was interested in making a Warner Brothers movie based on the book.

The next morning, Eastwood invited Neil and I to play a round of golf with him. As I headed to the golf carts, I saw Neil taking his bag of clubs off of Clint's cart and putting my bag in its place.

"What are you doing, Neil?" I said. "I figure Clint will have a lot more to talk to you about with the movie than he does with me," was Neil's reply.

"I am sure that is not what Clint has in mind," I explained. "You need to be riding with Clint."

Truth was, Neil could have cared less if a movie was ever made about his life. He knew that I cared and that's the only reason he had agreed to visit Eastwood.

Not surprisingly, the two men didn't hit it off too well: Neil didn't like the violence in Clint's movies, and Clint apparently appreciated space cowboys more than he did real engineer-astronauts.

(Eastwood gave up the film rights to Universal Studios, who last year also gave them up. Telling Neil's life story is just too nuanced for Hollywood, apparently.)

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posted 08-23-2013 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The more time passes the higher Neil Armstrong's stature will rise among those considered to be great Americans.

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August 24th of last year I toured the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, there were maybe three other people there. The next day I was at a friend's house just north of Lebanon OH when I heard the news. We were only a couple of miles away from the farm where he once lived. That night we all raised our glasses to the moon overhead.

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posted 08-24-2013 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tomorrow marks one year since Neil Armstrong's passing. I will always consider myself fortunate to have been born at a time to witness our first explorations off this planet. The astronauts were and are heroes to me. I have also come to respect and admire those who work to put astronauts into space. They are unsung heroes, just as dedicated.

I only met Neil Armstrong once. The night in March, 1993 when he along with the others who flew during the Gemini Program were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. In the photo you can see I am taller but I swear I was looking up at him.

Years later when I began designing space flight commemorative patches, I sent Mr. Armstrong a set of the X-15, Gemini and Apollo commemoratives — programs he was involved in. I received the email from him in September, 2009. He added my work into his collection! Very humbling.

Neil Armstrong was the perfect person to be the First Man on the Moon. Gracious, courageous, patriotic and the essence of a team player. He attended many of the Apollo 40th anniversary events hosted by the ASF and spoke not of his contribution but of the contributions of his fellow astronauts and the 400,000 people who worked on the Apollo Program. Tonight I will think of Neil Armstrong when I gaze up at the Moon and give him a wink.

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posted 08-24-2013 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Headshot:
The more time passes the higher Neil Armstrong's stature will rise among those considered to be great Americans.

Armstrong's achievement has gone beyond nationality, he is now one of the great human beings of the 20th Century. Afterall, it was "for all mankind"!

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posted 09-16-2013 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently (ie. according to amazon.com), Jay Barbree has a book about Neil Armstrong planned for July 2014, entitled "Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight." No detailed info from amazon or the publisher. I'll post on a separate thread when available.

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