As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language. [REUTERS]
IT WAS 1969, the end of a decade that ravaged American idealism.
For one brief shining moment, Neil Armstrong reminded us again of what had been, as we lived the Nixon era that made us learn the worst of what we could be.
Armstrong passed today. He will never be forgotten.
Pres. Obama released a statement, including the First Lady in it. Among the things he said was, “Neil’s spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown – including those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further in space. That legacy will endure – sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step.”
Mitt Romney’s statement included this trekky-esque turn of phrase, that “The moon will miss its first son of earth.”