Neil Armstrong


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I think the gracious statement by Neil Armstrong’s family sums up his life quite well.

We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

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.

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  • Joe

    “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.”

    It is cloudy here now, but at the earliest opportunity I will do precisely that.

  • jwing

    We’ll take out the reflector telescope tonight in tribute to Mr. Armstrong and site up the Sea of Tranquility, as I’m sure Neil Armstrong is truly at peace tonight. What an amazing man…what an amazing life. He was the epitome of the expression “calm under fire” and exhibited genuine humility in spite of his fame and the history shattering stature of his accomplishments.

  • very clear skies tonight in denver , I’ve been thinking about this all night…

    we need to get another human somewhere else beyond low earth orbit and beyond the moon . there needs to be a new neil armstrong , there should have been one before he died , i hope there is one before I die

    i just honestly don’t know how I feel about this , he didn’t die from cancer , I feel like we are all falling backwards , but I hope we are simply recoiling before a great burst outward , to truely honor all of the people involved with the apollo program

  • inaction_figure

    Thank you, Neil Armstrong. Godspeed.

  • I have a lot of respect for Mr. Armstrong. He was the first to do something huge that no one can take away. RIP

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