Rest in Peace, Neil Armstrong
Buzz Aldrin took this picture of Neil Armstrong in the cabin after the completion of the first EVA. This is the face of the first man to set foot on the Moon, just hours earlier, on July 20th, 1969.
Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.
I had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum last weekend and see the Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the moon and back on July 16-24, 1969. I learned about the first moon landing in depth and am forever inspired by that achievement. In the words of Barack Obama, “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time.”