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Sad to report that Neil Armstrong has died.  A man who will be remembered forever – the first man on the Moon.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, after suffering complications from heart surgery, NBC News is reporting. Earlier this month, the former NASA astronaut had undergone heart surgery. He famously uttered the quote moments after setting foot on the lunar surface: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’

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38 thoughts on “ONE LAST STEP FOR A MAN…

  1. A truly iconnic moment in the history of mankind.

    A moment that has yet to be proven as momentuous as we all think it is. Is it to be one of those things that we did ‘because we could’, or will it prove to be contrary to to expectation and be but just another small step for mankind.

    Whatever, here’s to a very brave man, may he rest in peace, and long in our memory.

  2. He actually said “One small step for A man…..”
    At least that’s what he said he said.
    RIP.

  3. Of course Allan thinks the moon landings didn’t happen and Pete thinks the whole thing was a Socialist escapade funded by violent theft 😉

  4. He was one of those old-fashioned American heroes with old-fashioned virtues: unselfconscious courage, a reserved dignity and, I believe, a refined dry wit.

    Strange, when you think about this type of guy, that they never enter politics (although John Glenn did). He seemed to have the true patriotic spirit, eager to do something better for his countrymen than wave flags, and with his courage, even-keeled mind and proven leadership qualities, he would at any rate be better than the 2nd-rate actors that try their luck from time to time.

  5. From what I have read by folk who knew him well, he had a humility that many felt was bestowed – for want of a better word – on him by the realisation of the enormous significance of what he had done. A virtue that so few people ever experience.

  6. Colm, on August 25th, 2012 at 9:09 pm Said:
    Of course Allan thinks the moon landings didn’t happen

    Total bollocks! Why do you have to write such shit on a thread which should celebrate a genuine achievement of American science? At least DV’s comment below has some wit about it.

  7. Gods Speed,

    I knew someone would do this first. A true hero.

    I remember what the greatest pilot once said to the press when they comparing the Astronauts to monkees.

    Yeah ya think that monkey knows he’s sittin atop a giant missile that more than likely is gonna blow up under his ? Go ahead you try it… LOL

    Yeager then took a swig of his beer an walked away

  8. Phantom – the moon landings are no conspiracy, unless you can show otherwise? Is the purpose of this thread to discuss the ‘conspiracy’ of the moon landings?

  9. Yeager, Armstrong, all of them

    They accomplished such great things. We are so proud of them.

  10. Cheers indeed.

    The name Armstrong originates from the Scottish border area:

    http://www.searchforancestors.com/surnames/origin/a/armstrong.php

    This family was anciently settled on the Scottish border; their original name was Fairbairn, which was changed to Armstrong on the following occasion: An ancient king of Scotland having had his horse killed under him in battle, was immediately re-mounted by Fairbairn, his armor-bearer, on his own horse. For this timely assistance he amply rewarded him with lands on the borders, and to perpetuate the memory of so important a service, as well as the manner in which it was performed (for Fairbairn took the king by the thigh, and set him on the saddle), his royal master gave him the appellation of Armstrong. The chief seat of Johnnie Armstrong was Gilnockie, in Eskdale, a place of exquisite beauty. Johnnie was executed by order of James V., in 1529, as a “Border Freebooter.” Andrew Armstrong sold his patrimony to one of his kinsmen, and emigrated to the north of Ireland in the commencement of the seventeenth century. The Armstrongs were always noted for their courage and daring. In the “Lay of the Last Minstrel,” when the chief was about to assemble his clans, he says to his heralds: “Ye need not go to Liddisdale, For when they see the blazing bale Elliots and Armstrongs never fail.”

    Aside from Neil Armstrong and Lance Armstrong, there are Gerry Armstrong (NI football team captain 1982) and the formidable Gary Armstrong, Scottish scrum-half of the 80’s and 90’s. Any others?

  11. Seimi – I was going to write that but I left Stretch out in a vain attempt to keep the thread informative.

  12. My mum used to tell me about the night Armstrong walked on the moon. I was just over 2 and a half months old, and we lived in Dublin. She said she remembered her and my Dad, getting us ready for bed, and her walking me to get me to sleep, when she heard the famous ‘That’s one small step…’ speech.

    Many years ago, Buzz Aldrin visited our school. I didn’t actually meet him personally, but he addressed our year, and all I could think of was – ‘you’ve walked on the moon!’ I don’t remember a single word of what he said, ‘cos that thought was going through my head.

  13. Oh, ok, Allan, ‘cos knowing about a Scottish scrum-half has really informed me… 😉

    Ok, then. Annie Armstrong. Tireless, overlooked, courageous community worker from Twinbrook, West Belfast.

  14. The moon landing is my earliest television memory. If someone from then had been transported forward to 2012 they would have been stunned by our lack of progress in space exploration. We’d end up showing them our iPhones to prove humanity had made some progress.

  15. I was taken to watch the moon landings on a big screen in Trafalgar Square, I was 4 years old and didn’t really understand the significance of what I was seeing, but I clearly remember the event and knowing that something ‘big’ was happening. I can remember the look on the faces of the adults around me.

  16. At the time of the moon landing the ‘cold war’ was at its most intense, with the very real possibility of it developing into a full scale nuclear confrontation.

    The success of the landing mission was instrumental in ensuring that such a disaster didn’t happen.

  17. That was some month, that was: within 3 weeks there was the landing on the moon, half a million young people met in Woodstock for a week of music, peace and love man, while over in Northern Ireland the Troubles suddenly erupted.

    I think Ernest meant the Woodstock event.

  18. How so?

    Simple Colm it proved americas technical ability, and precision.

    The soviets could never get the accuracy of their equipment in those days tuned in. It is why their missiles always tended to carry warheads that were 25-50 megaton loads so that when they missed their targets the blast would still be big enough to destroy it.

    It always unnerved the soviets when we would pull out pictures of installations in their country and you could read the numbers on the license plates.

    The underlying achievement or threat depending on your point of view is that we could place a missile anywhere. Whether it was the moon or up Cruschefs ass

  19. Even the name “Neil Armstrong” seems like it was made for someone who would perform such a feat.

  20. Colm,

    How so? Well a combination of things, despite Trolls ‘brag’, – after all, the Russians were the first to orbit a satellite, and to land a vehicle on the moon in 1959 and for years the US trailed them in the race for space.

    Kennedy promised a ‘man on the moon before the end of the decade’ – and he did just that in 1969, and made the US the dominant force in space.

    ‘Two years later US astronauts David Scott and James Irwin placed a plaque on the lunar surface honouring their American brothers and Soviet counterparts who died in pursuit of space exploration.

    A truly magnanimous gesture that healed many wounds.

    ‘ The 1971 gesture to the 14 astronauts and cosmonauts came as the United States and the Soviet Union began to forge a cooperative effort after more than a decade of intense competition between the two Cold War rivals for superiority in space.’

    http://bit.ly/Ol26pq

    That a nuclear conflict was avoided was a pretty general feeling, – at that time it did seem that we were headed that way, with the moon landing, the world breathed a sigh of relief, if for no other reason than that the Russians woke up to reality that they were in no position to do anything but shake hands.

    I was reminded of that fact by some Professor, also 82 this a.m. on tv, who was a friend of Armstrong, and voiced a similar thought, much to the surprise of the presenter, who was too young to know or remember.

    Such is modern education – cause and effect of one of the most momentous human events, and while the more sensational event is well remembered, the perhaps, more important effect is only remembered by the older generations.

  21. the Russians woke up to reality that they were in no position to do anything but shake hands.

    Why if what I said was not true?

    Your mixing the Astronaut society with the military applications.

    In reality you can’t do that. The members of that elite club are a different mindset. Even the early Astronauts that all came from test pilots and fighter jocks from both nations militaries. They are soldiers yes but they are gifted individuals who only a handful of people on earth can do what they do.

    The bond between Astronaut and Cosmonaut has nothing to do with the underlying politics and everything to do with being the type of person that’s willing to sit on top of that missile knowing they’re either going to fly or die. They could not acknowledge respect for themselves without showing the same respect for all in their tiny group of humans.

    A fun example of this interplay is the book 2010, not sure how much you read so rent the movie with Roy Schrierder, not as good as the book, no movie ever is but it exposes what I mean it is the underlying theme of the whole thing

  22. off to do my small bit to add to the internal arms race, you all play nice now. I leave you with words to dream on.

    Albert Einstein – “My sense of god is my sense of wonder about the universe.”

  23. Troll,

    I never implied that you said anything untrue, just your manner of saying it.

    Even you could not deny that if the space programme had no military pay-off, there would not be such a programme, Obama’s cutbacks have proven as much.

    Planting that memorial on the Moon to ‘all atronauts’ was a wonderful gesture, and while the Russians were glad to shake hands and make friends, I am just as sure that the Americans, in the guise of Kennedy, were just as glad to respond.

    I am not quite sure who was the ‘bigger man’, the Americans in offering the metaphorical hand, or the Russians – an equally proud nation, – in accepting it.

    After a lifetime of belief I was quite sure until an hour ago that it was the Americans, but – good job, – you made me realise it was neither, – they were both as scared as Hell of each other.

    There would have not been any winners in a nuclear conflict, and both Leaders realised it. It was ‘sighs of relief’ all round.

  24. “Simple Colm it proved americas technical ability, and precision.”

    Credit where credit’s due.

    Well done, Werner von Braun.

  25. Well over 100 of the leading rocket scientists in the space and later lunar projects were Germans who had worked for Hitler. von Braun had been a member of the Nazi party and had lorded over slave workers within his fief. Other were much further steeped in the brown stuff, including Strughold (“The Father of Space Medicine”) who had been a medical monster in the concentration camps during the war.

    Recruiting such people had been forbidden by Truman, but US intelligence simply falsified documents and suppressed the real evidence. Many Germans were brought into the US through Mexico.

    The Russians of course also had no problem employing former Nazi scientists. Many of those who opted for the Russians were, on the other hand, anti-nazi all along. This option also meant they could continue living and working in Germany.

    It must be said, however, that many of those working for the Yankee Dollar were probably – like most Germans – not ardent believers in Naziism, but just went along with whatever promised them a better life and advancement. This opportunism continued after the war; there was little ideology involved. One neatly explained the reasons for their choice:

    “We despise the French, we are mortally afraid of the Soviets, we do not believe the British can afford us. So that leaves the Americans.”

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