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Wehaveliftoff
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posted 08-26-2012 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stayed up late and still today watching mostly NASA TV, as practically anyone else barely mentions anything about Neil Armstrong.

Would like to see the footage aired of Neil during the dedication of the statue to him at Purdue University not too long ago, or any mention of Hanson's authorized biography, as well as his May 11, 2011, last visit to the museum in Wapakonetoa, or even his visit during the 100th anniversary of Wilbur Wright's passing this past June in Dayton.

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posted 08-26-2012 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both NBC's Meet the Press and ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos had brief tributes to Armstrong today, but with the Republican Convention set to get underway on Tuesday, their focus was primarily on politics.

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NBC news website reported that: "Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82"

It has since been rectified.

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posted 08-26-2012 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When the story broke on Saturday evening here in Europe, Sky News, BBC News and Euronews all covered it as their top story. For a few hours BBC News had many live telephone conversations with various space experts and people who knew Armstrong etc.

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posted 08-26-2012 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lunar_module_5:
NBC news website reported that: "Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82"
Understand that one, our local TV news reported his death with video of John Glenn running. Jackie called them up and they have corrected it as well.

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posted 08-27-2012 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dom:
When the story broke on Saturday evening here in Europe, Sky News, BBC News and Euronews all covered it as their top story.
I thought it was good of the BBC (news 24) and Sky as well with the coverage and interviews they did..

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posted 08-27-2012 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo14LMP   Click Here to Email Apollo14LMP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sky, BBC TV and other UK broadcasters were superb with fantastic coverage of Neil Armstrong triumphs and his passing!

Was top news story for most of Saturday and Sunday and still mentioned today Monday!

Well done...

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posted 08-27-2012 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Local Canadian coverage was not very good either but nothing I saw was worse than CNN coverage yesterday morning with Randy Kaye.

She had Gene Cernan on the telephone. He was obviously upset at his friend's passing. Cernan began talking about Neil Armstrong and their trip to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit the troops, trying to focus on this loss to the nation and the world and how much he (Neil) contributed to the program, when Randy Kaye interrupted him to show some video of Gene and Jack Schmitt walking on the moon singing "I was strolling on the moon one day..."

When she returned to the conversation she asked "So what was it really like to walk on the Moon?" She actually asked that... Jeez I am sure he has never been asked that question before.

Cernan quickly returned the focus back to his friend Neil Armstrong.

But it is obvious so many news networks and reporters are out of their depth when talking anything else but politics.

CNN was able to fit Armstrong's passing somewhere in between the GOP convention delay/hurricane and someone named Snooki who seems to think she invented childbirth.

God I miss Miles O'Brien.

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posted 08-27-2012 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NBC reported this weekend that Astronaut Neil Young, the first man to walk on the Moon passed away.

The LA Times reported that Neil Armstrong visited the San Diego Air and Space museum for book signings and gala events. I went to a gala event there and met him, but I missed the book signings.

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posted 08-27-2012 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Associated Press no ted that Neil Armstrong’s television exit was almost as quiet as his life.
By the yardstick of history, Neil Armstrong was among the most accomplished men ever to walk on the planet that he looked upon from afar one magical week in July 1969.

Television news didn't seem to fully recognize the importance of the first human to walk on the moon on the weekend he died.

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posted 08-27-2012 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AP was always concise and to the point.

Short enough I had a couple of noted personalities stop and read the entire AP
printout I had of them sign.

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posted 08-27-2012 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I really miss Miles O'Brien's informed and intelligent space reporting-and that of Roy Neal and the other old-school journalists for that matter. Did Neal or Jay Barbree do any interviews or film appearances at the broadcast or cable networks?

I saw a clip of the excellent Ed Bradley interview of Armstrong done several years ago on CBS Sunday Morning, and the Science Channel has been running the tag 'One Small Step Neil Armstrong 1930-2012' above its logo on-screen. The History Channel will present a block of Apollo 11 and space-themed programs tomorrow from 8am to 6pm ET, including Failure is Not an Option and the docudrama Moonshot.

Certainly, there are celebrations of Armstrong out there to see on TV but you have to look around and realize his death is competing with the Republican convention (they're planning a tribute to him, not surprisingly) and the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac. Maybe they can pick up their coverage when he is laid to rest and there is a public memorial.

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posted 08-27-2012 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by onesmallstep:
Did Neal or Jay Barbree do any interviews or film appearances at the broadcast or cable networks?
Jay Barbree was the one who broke the news of Armstrong's passing. He was live on MSNBC before the wire reports and other networks filed their own reports.

(Roy Neal died in 2003.)

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posted 08-28-2012 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A&E Network release
With the recent passing of Neil Armstrong HISTORY will honor his legacy and his historic Apollo 11 mission with an entire day of programming, Tuesday, August 28th

HISTORY will honor the legacy of Neil Armstrong in a daylong programming event, Tuesday, August 28.
  • 8-10am – Failure Is Not an Option
  • 10a-12p – Moonshot
  • 12-12:30p – Our Generation: Apollo 11: The Moon Landing
  • 12:30-1p – Tech Effect: Apollo 11
  • 1-2p – Modern Marvels: Apollo 11
  • 2-4p – Failure Is Not an Option
  • 4-6p – Moonshot
HISTORY and HISTORY HD are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture.

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posted 08-28-2012 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the best tributes I saw appeared briefly on YouTube but has since been taken down. Jazz Great Diana Krall paid a tribute to Neil Armstrong Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl by singing (of course) "Fly Me to the Moon." Other than Sinatra no one sings it like Diane Krall.

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posted 08-29-2012 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wapakoneta Daily News has a nice photoshopped photo of Neil and an Apollo moonprint.

Does anyone have a scan of the front page of Aug. 26 Wapakoneta Daily News?

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posted 08-29-2012 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Discovery will air several blocks of programming honoring Neil Armstrong starting this Friday:
  • Aug. 31/Science Channel: 5-11 PM ET/PT- Moon Machines, the complete 6-part series

  • Sept. 1/Discovery Channel: 7 PM ET/PT-When We Left Earth, Apollo 11 episode

  • Sept. 1/Science Channel: 8-10 PM ET/PT- In the Shadow of the Moon

  • Sept. 1/Discovery Channel: 8-10 PM ET/PT- One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute (Premiere), includes footage of his last public appearance; interviews with Aldrin and Collins and other archival footage. Complete documentary repeated again at 10 PM on sister channel Science

  • Sept. 5/Science Channel: 5-11 PM ET/PT- When We Left Earth, the complete 6-part series

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posted 08-29-2012 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(With apologies for a slight departure from the title subject) the "Times" newspaper on Monday 27th August honoured Neil Armstrong with its front page headline, "The Reluctant Hero"; a half-page editorial on page 2; detailed coverage on pages 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8; a poignant cartoon on page 19 showing the Apollo 11 flag on the Moon at half-staff; and a two-page obituary.

The front page was entirely dedicated to the headline story, with none of the crass adverts for other stories inside the paper which so often trivialize newspaper front pages.

The Apollo 11 colour photo is an interesting choice, given the limited options: Eagle stands in the distance, with Armstrong's long shadow cast across the face of the Moon.

If you look for factual errors in the "Times" coverage, you can find some, but overall the tone is reverential and appropriate, befitting the transition of a living legend to a giant of history.

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posted 08-30-2012 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NPR is running a story about insurance covers that they call "Apollo Astronaut's Life Insurance." I heard it driving to work this morning and Robert Pearlman is the space authority quoted.

You can read the story here. Congratulations Robert!

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posted 08-30-2012 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Gary. I haven't had a chance to hear the interview yet (the audio will be online at 9 a.m.), so I don't know if it goes into any more detail than the print version (the original recorded interview was more than 30 minutes long), but if not, I would suggest for further reading this article by Howard Weinberger, and especially the footnote by Richard Jurek and Chris Spain, for a good overview of the insurance cover story.

On edit: I've now heard the interview — it goes into more detail than the text, but I'd still recommend the above article for the complete story...

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posted 09-01-2012 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anyone catch the recent issue of People magazine with a photo of Armstrong at top right of the issue's cover page; "Neil Armstrong, Farewell To A Hero"? The issue is dated Sept. 10, 2012.

Inside is a feature article about the First Man on pages 88-92, however, there is a two-page photograph that begins the feature on pages 88-89.

The twin-page photo spread, unfortunately, isn't that of Neil Armstrong while on the lunar surface during Apollo 11's first manned lunar landing.

Pictured is not Armstrong, but rather John Young on the moon's surface that was photographed by Charlie Duke nearly three years after Apollo 11 had been there.

Also, on page 92 at the bottom, is the famous depiction of the lunar "footprint."
The photo-caption makes reference to Armstrong's footprint, but we know the actual footprint pictured is that of Aldrin.

Unless I am not reading both photo captions correctly, it would appear People magazine did not know nor was aware of these facts.
Especially with the double-page picture showing Young's lunar jump salute, but perhaps not so much with the footprint label.

Did anyone else notice it?

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posted 09-02-2012 02:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sunday 02 September 2012 Discovery Channel here in Ireland is devoted to coverage of the Neil Armstrong Tribute Day.

From 0600-2100 there are back-to-back documentaries on Moon Machines, NASA's Greatest Missions, First On The Moon: The Untold Story, Moonwalk One, One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute.

Kudos to Discovery for this fitting tribute!

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Yes, People magazine made a mistake in regards to the lunar boot print and the Apollo 16 photo, but maybe they were in a quandary over finding an eye-catching image to print as an opening photo spread. Hopefully they'll print a correction.

As the only full-body images of Armstrong on the moon are the one with his back to the camera next to Eagle and the recent enhanced image of him collecting a quick lunar sample taken from a remote film camera, the alternative is a shot of him in his EVA suit training on Earth. Or of him and Collins and Aldrin walking out to the astronaut van on launch day. But that jump salute sure is popular, now that John Young's book will also use it as a cover photo.

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posted 09-02-2012 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about the picture taken inside Eagle by Aldrin after the EVA? The expression on Neil Armstrong's face says it all.

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posted 09-03-2012 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are many artist depictions of Neil Armstrong on the Moon that would have made bold statements if they had researched... how about my father's painting of The Great Moment.

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Chris in my opinion the "Great Moment" is the best space related painting I have ever seen.I have always felt your father captured in exact detail what the cameras could not. I would agree it is, the finest tribute to a great Astronaut and an incredible achievement in history.

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Pictures of Apollo 15 on the moon are often used when talking about Apollo 11 in print. It is dramatic with the mountain in the background, is my guess is why it is used all the time, but nobody knows any better... those young whipper-snappers!

Anyway, someone mentioned saving front pages for Armstrong's passing. The Newseum in DC has a great website that "stores" newspaper front pages online.

Here are the Armstrong papers of August 26.

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My own tribute.

Just to harp on a bit about the British press - The Sun's reporting on "The 12 men who walked on the moon" August 28th 2012 was full of errors: Alan Bean's picture substituted for John Young's and John Glenn became David Scott. Alan Bean was himself, though a different picture of himself when playing John Young.

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... how about my father's painting of The Great Moment.
Chris, your father's painting is stunning! Really captures the moment. Thanks.

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posted 09-07-2012 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That 96-page book on Neil Armstrong in a special binding to be put out by Easton Press (see another thread under this topic) is now available in another format at Barnes & Noble. It retails for $14.95 as a softcover from Time-LIFE, with a forward by Jim Lovell.

Very nice and complete, with photos from all stages of Armstrong's life and the space program. Most touching are the last pages covering his 'tour' of military bases abroad with Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan and USAF Vietnam ace Gen. Steve Ritchie. Recommended.

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posted 09-17-2012 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice little tribute from EE Times magazine here.

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Recommended.
I picked up a copy over lunch today and I agree. A very handsome, well-produced publication; nothing slapdash about it. Very impressive, especially hitting the shelves so soon after Armstrong's passing.

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The group I am with started this before Neil's death but I pushed for the opening.

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Does anybody know of a Neil Armstrong Memorial edition of some sort? I was hoping that magazines like Newsweek, Time or Air&Space would come up with a special collectors issue... Maybe I'm too early with this question?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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LIFE Magazine has a special commemorative issue about Neil Armstrong for sale now. It is on all the magazine racks at our supermarket checkout lines, with a note to keep it on display until December 7. It's very nicely done - and no advertisements!

You can probably order it online somewhere.

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