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Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)


Neil Armstrong has passed away. When I was 5 years old, this man and his team went to the moon. I dont know if I saw the event live. I dont really remember it. But when Apollo 11 landed, for a kid with dreams of space travel and aliens, I must have been excited. I just dont remember.

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin were strapped into the top of a rocket and hurled at the envious moon, as Shakespeare once called this satellite of Earth , on July 16, 1969.

Four days later, the Eagle, the lunar module, separated from the command module, Columbia, and made its way down to the surface of the moon piloted by Armstrong with Aldrin also inside navigating.

Michael Collins would have to forgo a chance to set his own feet on the moon, staying inside Columbia.

This event, this man landing on the moon event, pervaded our DNA as a species. And Armstrong , Collins, and Aldrin entered the history books.

It was not until I was older and into acting that I understood that Neil Armstrong was not only the first man on the moon, he was also the first man to travel 360,000 plus miles only to fluff his lines.

It was supposed to be ‘One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’ and he ended up saying ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’. I suppose if you spent the time trying to write and craft the line, you would be pissed off. But writers always have a pissed off look. And in the end, this show never acknowledged the author.

But later, much later, we learned the author was a engineer at the time by the name of Gary Peach.

While in Neil Alden Armstrong’s  first year at college, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. Neil thought he missed his chance to make history.

Rest in peace Commander Armstrong. You made history and then some.


A. Ghebranious 2012

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