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    RIP Neil: BBC News - US astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, first man on Moon


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    That was one heck of a big step
    and one giant leap for mankind! Neil Armstrong was only one member of a team that performed one of the greatest feats of the 20th C if not all time but he was the face of it. And a humble one at that.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by flynnaus View Post
      and one giant leap for mankind! Neil Armstrong was only one member of a team that performed one of the greatest feats of the 20th C if not all time but he was the face of it. And a humble one at that.
      +1
      R.I.P Neil Armstrong.

      How long before we hear the (we didn't really land on the moon) conspiracy theory

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      • #4
        I was a youngster when he took this step working in my first job. We all stopped to watch. They were brave men. He was a modest hero to many may he rest in peace.

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        • #5
          RIP Neil. Three of my class mates at school claimed to have been conceived on the night of the moon landing (which I guess dates me pretty clearly). Was it Ray Kernaghan who did the 'Man Named Armstrong' song?

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          • #6
            That was one heck of a big step

            Must be around the same age, Barry - apparently my mother sat her 6 month old daughter on her knee (me!) when it came on, just so I could say I had seen the first man land on the moon...

            RIP Neil - you were a trailblazer and inspiration to many!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Coffee2Di4 View Post
              Must be around the same age, Barry - apparently my mother sat her 6 month old daughter on her knee (me!) when it came on, just so I could say I had seen the first man land on the moon...

              RIP Neil - you were a trailblazer and inspiration to many!
              I know my parents had (and probably still have) an LP of the radio commentary of the moon landing. But then again....I also found both Slade and John Denver albums in the same collection so maybe someone was sneaking random albums in.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Coffee2Di4 View Post
                just so I could say I had seen the first man land on the moon...
                I was born almost exactly the same time as Sputnik 1 was launched so perhaps an interest in space was in my stars. I was fortunate to be old enough to watch the first lunar landing by a human, follow it and appreciate what a momentous occasion it was. It remains one of my strongest memories of my primary school years: we all stopped work and watched it on TV. I remember thinking why was he taking so long and marvelling at watching them leap around in the low gravity environment.

                I also remember the failed Apollo 13 mission in May 1970 and how they beat the odds to survive.

                I am currently enthralled by the current Curiosity Martian rover mission. What a technical achievement that is.

                But the achievement of Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and those who pioneered space travel feature most in my awe of stellar achievements.

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                • #9
                  Armstrong was truly the best of the best. Calm, courageous, humble, a gifted test pilot, with nerves of steel. A hero in every sense. To land the lunar module manually by sight, peering out of a small observation window, barely seconds of fuel left, the on-board computer overloaded, the chosen landing site overshot, that was a feat worthy of a great man.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
                    Three of my class mates at school claimed to have been conceived on the night of the moon landing (which I guess dates me pretty clearly).
                    ...well it dates them 9 months younger than Paula who was born 16/7/69

                    82 years was a good run for him considering a few seconds here or there in 1969 and he wasnt going to see August.

                    I can only imagine what the last 43 years has been like for him on earth, looking at the moon every night you would have to get a least a little smug smirk.

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                    • #11
                      That was one heck of a big step

                      As an avid astronomer as well as caffeine addict (not surprisingly the two go very well together) I lost one of my super heroes today. R.I.P N. Armstrong.

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                      • #12
                        If you haven't seen it, In the Shadow of the Moon is a doco about the Apollo program that offers a wonderful insight into Armstrong and the qualities that made him the obvious choice to lead the moon shot.

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                        • #13
                          A most memorable feat accomplished by very memorable men.

                          Always sad when a genuine hero and good bloke comes to the end of his innings.

                          Neil Armstrong, never will be forgotten...

                          Mal.

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