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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:36 pm 
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(CNN) -- Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 82. :cry:

"We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," Armstrong's family said in a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WKRC.

Armstrong underwent heart surgery this month.
"While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves," his family said.

Apollo 11: The Recovery
'One giant leap for mankind' 2011: Armstrong among astronauts honored
"For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."
Armstrong flew into space twice. He made his first journey in 1966 as commander of the Gemini 8 mission, which nearly ended in disaster.
Armstrong kept his cool and brought the spacecraft home safely after a thruster rocket malfunctioned and caused it to spin wildly out of control.
During his next space trip in July 1969, Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off in Apollo 11 on a nearly 250,000-mile journey to the moon that went down in the history books.
It took them four days to reach their destination.
The world watched and waited as the lunar module "Eagle" separated from the command module and began its descent.
Then came the words from Armstrong: "Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."
About six and a half hours later at 10:56 p.m. ET on July 20, 1969, Armstrong, at age 38, became the first person to set foot on the moon.
He uttered the now-famous phrase: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Armstrong was on the moon's surface for two hours and 32 minutes and Aldrin, who followed him, spent about 15 minutes less than that.
The two astronauts set up an American flag, scooped up moon rocks and set up scientific experiments before returning to the main spacecraft.
All three returned home to a hero's welcome, and none ever returned to space. Armstrong received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, the highest award offered to a U.S. civilian.
Tributes to the former astronaut began pouring in Saturday as word of his death spread.

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"Neil Armstrong was a true American hero, both because of his extraordinary service to his country and the honorable life he led. He was a groundbreaking Naval aviator and the world's most famous astronaut, but it was his humble and gracious response to the torrent of attention that followed his accomplishments that may have set him apart most," said Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930.
After his historic mission to the moon, Armstrong worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), coordinating and managing the administration's research and technology work.
In 1971, he resigned from NASA and taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati for nearly a decade.
While many people are quick to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame, Armstrong largely avoided the public spotlight and chose to lead a quiet, private life with his wife and children.
But he always recognized -- in a humble manner -- the importance of what he had accomplished.
"Looking back, we were really very privileged to live in that thin slice of history where we changed how man looks at himself and what he might become and where he might go," Armstrong said. :cry:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:15 pm 
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This going to be a HUGE deal here in Cincinnati.
He lived on the east side of town.
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Thanks Mr. Armstrong.

Everytime we drive past Wapakoneta we sing, sing, sing... join me now, to the tune of Guantanamera:
Wapakoneta
WA-WA-WA-Wapakoneta
WAPAKONEEEEEEEETA
Wa-Wa-Wa-Wapakoneeeeetaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:20 am 
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Is it just me, or was there not nearly enough media attention paid to this? I mean, we're talking about NEIL FUCKIN' ARMSTRONG, THE FIRST MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON!!!!

There were decent write-ups in the papers and on The Internet, but TV news barely acknowledged the passing of a man who exemplified the word "hero". A hurricane that may or may not cause more damage than last years annual hurricane and Snookie's bastard hellspawn got more air time.

:wtf: I suppose I'm overdue for my yearly viewing of "Idiocracy".

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