Posted by Debby on 28th August and posted in Innovation
I was only a few months over three years old when astronauts landed on the moon and took the first steps away from our planet. I don’t know how much I remembered from the event itself but it must have made a huge impact on the national thought process because at some point very early on I became completely obsessed with anything to do with space. I’m pretty sure I had all of the planets memorized and I knew the distance from the earth to the sun before I had memorized my multiplication tables. While most other little girls loved barbies and ballerinas, I wanted to go to the moon just like Neil Armstrong. He was my first hero. He blazed an amazing trail for others to follow. Space travel almost seems common place now with all of the shuttle trips and an international space station and even landing rovers on Mars. That is because of Neil and his fellow astronauts who led the way. He could have had anything he wanted in the wake of that accomplishment – fame, fortune, the world at his fingertips – but he choose to live a quiet and unassuming life, eventually becoming a professor for many years.
His family released a statement following Neil’s death:
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.
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.
When I look at the “heros” of today, it makes me wonder who will inspire the current generation of kids to do the impossible?
NASA Statement – http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/armstrong_obit.html
Family Statement – http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/aug/HQ_12_600_armstrong_family.html