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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012 edited
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    You likely already know that Neil Armstrong has passed away. If you have more condolences to leave, or thoughts or memories - likely longer than 140 characters - please share them here.

    As for myself, I'm surprised that this affecting me so much. I certainly admired his boldness as well as that derring-do of the Apollo program as a whole. But I didn't think I'd spend the day crying over his death.

    I think I was four years old when I first answered the question "and what would you like to be when you grow up" with "an astronaut!" People laughed and remarked I would be the first woman in space. It was only a couple years later that Sally Ride took that title. And now she's gone too. And boy did that news hurt.

    I'm too cowardly now to face the realities of what space travel still means. Too much can go wrong. The Challenger disaster was the day after my 9th birthday. I was driving to a Chinese New Year celebration when I heard the news of the Columbia breaking up on reentry.

    Yet still, the men and women who escaped the earth, who saw the world from the perspective of the stars, have always been towering figures in my horizon. They weren't freaks of nature like Olympic athletes, or possessing of a mysterious genius like Nobel laureates, they just had what President Truman called stick-to-it-iveness, that true grit and determination to get to where they wanted to be.

    I hope I can be half as daring.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012
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    One of my heroes. I remember watching the landing live when I was 9.
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    Damn. Just damn :(
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012
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    Me too. I think I was 6 or 7. And yes, all of you who can do quick math; Keith and I are older than you.
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    Wow. This hurts. This really hurts. What a loss. :(
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012 edited
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    I don't think I've ever felt quite like I've been punched in the gut before just from reading the news. Stunned speechless, disgusting, enraged, sure. This was different.
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    I took the background photo for this tonight.

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    I was looking up at the moon and thinking of Neil Armstrong while going to the store tonight, and it dawned on me that his footprints are still up there, waiting in the cold, windless gray sands. That's not meant to be some kind of wishy washy foolishness, but it's still something nice to think about. That man left his impression on another world, and he was, and forever will be, the first to have done it.
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    I've had this thing of getting misty-eyed whenever watching space flight documentaries from since I was a kid. They were a huge deal for me, been interested in astronomy since I was six or so. Nevertheless I was also surprised what a gut punch this piece of news was for me.