Beyond the Cusp

August 26, 2012

First Human Being to Step on Moon Died

Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who became the first human being to set foot on another world, has died at age 82. His “One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for humanity,” was heard by more people world-wide than anybody previously. NASA came out later that he had left out the word “a” from what he had practiced to say, which is understandable as his heart-rate at that moment was measured at around 150 beats per minute. That will be the word that history will remember despite the fact that Neil Armstrong never actually spoke it, much like the Humphrey Bogart quote of “Play it again Sam,” which he never said in the movie Casablanca.  Neil Armstrong will forever be remembered as an astronaut and for his moon landing. He was also an extraordinary test pilot and had flown combat missions during the Korean War. The world has lost a man who possessed nerves of steel and who met all challenges head on without stepping to either side to avoid difficulties or trouble. He was, as were his fellow astronauts, made of the right stuff. I know it is a trite and overused phrase but it is also an accurate and historic phrase which is completely and totally accurate. Well, now we can anticipate the next historic one small step by a man which will open a world of new opportunities and challenges for humankind when some future astronaut with the right stuff steps from their ship and stands on the red planet as the first of humankind to leave footprints on the Martian surface. We have lost a man who wore his greatness with modesty and polite pride who will not be replaced easily. Neil Armstrong has now taken the final step for a man, may he be in a better place even if not quite as exciting as stepping on the surface of the moon. So, let us all give Neil Armstrong one final and respectful salute and a hearty life well-done, sir, well-done.

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