Neil Armstrong dies at 82

Used with permission (NASA)

Used with permission (NASA)

John Gillis

Used with permission (NASA)
NASA in the 1960s was fixated on getting humans to the moon and back. After many attempts, their scientists, engineers and astronauts finally succeeded. On Monday, July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong famously said as he descent onto the Moon’s surface.
After inspiring generations, 43 more happy and humble years later, Armstrong died at 82 years of age.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCt1BwWE2gA&w=485&rel=0] Armstrong, along with all those who worked on the mission, inspired the United States to reach for the stars and dream big. The landing of men on the moon was just one of the many achievements and technological advancements NASA brought to the United States.
“He is just a national treasure and hero,” junior Christian Wahl said.
The United States progressed further as engineers and scientists became heroes.
Despite having returned to Earth with a heroic welcome, Armstrong chose not to individually profit from his position. Instead, he became an engineering teacher. Armstrong did not unjustly benefit from the accomplishments of all of NASA and, really, the entire United States. This humble man continued with his simple life until early last Saturday, August 25, 2012 when Armstrong died from heart-bypass surgery complications.
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By John Gillis