Do you know me?” That was the unforgettable phrase that opened a series of classic American Express commercials in the 1970s. In them, people with well-known names but whose faces were not so memorable pitched how that charge card gave them instant “star power.” I don’t know if Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on another body in the solar system, had an American Express card, but certainly he fit the profile. His name is arguably one of the most well-known in the world — it will still be in general history textbooks 500 years from now — but he was not identifiable by sight except to a few.
In memory of Neil Armstrong, I hope that each of us will take just a few minutes in the next few days to reflect on the larger meaning of the American and global space programs.
As the first person to set foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was a global icon who symbolized the greatest triumph of mankind’s pioneering spirit. He had all the attributes one would expect of an astronaut: bravery, professionalism, technical skill and composure. What separated him from the rest, according to those who knew or studied him, was a surreal confidence — it was with legendary aplomb that he manually guided a fuel-depleted lunar module to the surface of the Moon — and a humility that was both refreshing and inspiring.
GOLDEN, Colo. — The death of astronaut Neil Armstrong may strengthen the movement to designate as a National Historical Landmark the Tranquility Base lunar landing site where the Apollo 11 commander took mankind’s first steps on the Moon, preservationists say.
WASHINGTON — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, died from complications following a recent heart surgery, the former astronaut’s family said in a statement posted online Aug. 25. He was 82.
Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon, thinks humanity should stop neglecting the space environment much closer to Earth.
Former astronaut Neil Armstrong decried the lack of American access to low Earth orbit in the wake of the space shuttle’s retirement, telling U.S. lawmakers Sept. 22: “For a country that has invested so much for so long to achieve a leadership position in space exploration and exploitation, this condition is viewed by many as lamentably embarrassing and unacceptable,” AFP reported.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said Aug. 25, Reuters and others reported.