#1 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio

He truly was legend that got to walk among the stars  
 
1930 - 2012 RIP

#2 Edited by mfundo (1622 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh wow. This is really epic, in a sad way so don't hound me. R.I.P. Mr Armstrong, R.I.P.

#3 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP

#4 Posted by YoggSaron (812 posts) - - Show Bio

Descansa en paz.

#5 Posted by mfundo (1622 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous: Don't you mean 1930?

#6 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19873 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P

"Be water my friend"

#7 Posted by starrk_coyote (618 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P he will be missed

#8 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio

Ron Marz said "you will find there is a lot of fans of the Space Program in the comic book community, must be something to do with heroes. R.I.P Neil Armstrong"  

#9 Posted by wildvine (8018 posts) - - Show Bio

He's exploring past the moon now. (salute).

#10 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19873 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine said:

He's exploring past the moon now. (salute).

That's a good phrase.

"Be water my friend"

#11 Posted by RazzaTazz (9448 posts) - - Show Bio

This is sad.

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#12 Posted by Cozy_Da_Djed_Eye (9944 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP.

#13 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio

  

#14 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

Aw man. Rest in peace sir. With one small step, you changed the world.

#15 Posted by Frozen (10323 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh damn. My hero, my idol. RIP sir. You've changed the world.

@AtPhantom said:

Aw man. Rest in peace sir. With one small step, you changed the world.

This.

#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio

I used to want to be this man

#17 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7561 posts) - - Show Bio

No way, Another one of those Iconic people who has always been there throughout my life gone. RIP.

#18 Posted by Inverno (13007 posts) - - Show Bio

Well that was all of sudden :(

Descanse em paz.

#19 Posted by borges (65 posts) - - Show Bio

A good innings, farewell.

#20 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7257 posts) - - Show Bio

:(

RIP.

Goodbye.

#21 Posted by Mercy_ (92254 posts) - - Show Bio
@AtPhantom

Aw man. Rest in peace sir. With one small step, you changed the world.

Couldn't say it better myself.
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#22 Posted by laflux (13661 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP Neil. But guys don't forget BUZZ ALDRIN. Long live him.

#23 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio

 
 Family Statement: 

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.”

#24 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats, I don't intend to waste any of mine - Neil Armstrong 

#25 Posted by UnderDogs_OverBoard (1137 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P

mister Armstrong

my name was inspired by yours...

your awesomeness cannot be measured

plus the moon-boots...

#26 Posted by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom said:

Aw man. Rest in peace sir. With one small step, you changed the world.

Absolutely this.

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

#27 Posted by gethere (164 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P.

#28 Posted by isaac_clarke (5448 posts) - - Show Bio

Wasn't aware he passed and it is sad to hear this man has died. But at the very least, as long as we remember history - he will never truly 'die' and continue to inspire man to strive for the stars.

#29 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

#30 Posted by venomoushatred1001 (12334 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom said:

Aw man. Rest in peace sir. With one small step, you changed the world.

This.

#31 Posted by venomoushatred1001 (12334 posts) - - Show Bio

@InnerVenom123 said:

LMAO.

#32 Posted by YoungJustice (6639 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn......damn........DAMNNNNNNNN

#33 Posted by WillPayton (9026 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP Mr Armstrong. =(

#34 Posted by ShootingNova (15194 posts) - - Show Bio

His life was one of the few that was well lived. RIP

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#35 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32047 posts) - - Show Bio
Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012
08.25.12
 
Armstrong in the lunar module Eagle on the surface of the moon. July 20, 1969. Credit: NASA 
› View Photo Gallery 

See all statements on Armstrong's deathNeil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. 

Armstrong's words "That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history. 

Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the climactic fulfillment of the efforts and hopes of millions of people and the expenditure of billions of dollars. A plaque on one of the lander's legs that concluded "We came in peace for all mankind," further emphasized that Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were there as representatives of all humans.

Armstrong is survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and sister.

"Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time," President Barack Obama said via Twitter. "Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step."

Read the full statement from the President.

Armstrong's family released the following statement on Saturday: 

"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.

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. 
› Read Full Family Statement 

The family will be providing further updates at www.neilarmstronginfo.com 

"As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. 

“Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers," Bolden added, "Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all."
› See Administrator Bolden's Full Statement 

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot and fellow moonwalker Buzz Aldrin on Armstrong's passing: “I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Neil Armstrong today. Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the Apollo 11 mission. Whenever I look at the moon it reminds me of the moment over four decades ago when I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone." 

Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins said simply, “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.” 

"The passing of Neil Armstrong has shocked all of us at the Johnson Space Center," said Center Director Michael Coats. The whole world knew Neil as the first man to step foot on the Moon, but to us he was a co-worker, a friend, and an outstanding spokesman for the Human Space Program. His quiet confidence and ability to perform under pressure set an example for all subsequent astronauts. Our role model will be missed." 

“Neil Armstrong was a very personal inspiration to all of us within the astronaut office," said Bob Behnken, Chief of NASA's Astronaut Office. "His historic step onto the Moon’s surface was the foundation for many of our personal dreams to become astronauts. The only thing that outshone his accomplishments was his humility about those accomplishments. We will miss him as a friend, mentor, explorer and ambassador for the American spirit of ingenuity." 

› Additional quotes on Armstrong's passing.

He was the best, and I will miss him terribly." -- Michael Collins, Apollo 11 command module pilot.
Armstrong's single sentence, though it was focused above the national divisions and quarrels of Earth, still signified unquestionably the U.S. victory in the desperate space race with the Soviet Union.

Neil A. Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue University and a master's in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.

He was a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952. During the Korean War he flew 78 combat missions.

In 1955 he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), NASA's predecessor, as a research pilot at Lewis Laboratory in Cleveland.

Watch Apollo 11 highlights, including restored 
footage of Armstrong's first steps


Armstrong later transferred to NACA's High Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards AFB, Calif. As project pilot, he was in the forefront of the development of many high-speed aircraft, including the X-15, which flew at 4,000 mph.

He flew more than 200 aircraft models. They included jet and rocket-powered planes, helicopters and gliders.

Armstrong was selected as an astronaut in 1962.

His first space flight was Gemini 8, which he commanded. He was the first civilian to fly a U.S. spacecraft. With fellow astronaut David R. Scott, Armstrong performed the first docking in space, with an Agena target satellite.

Less than an hour later their spacecraft began an unplanned rolling motion. After undocking, it increased to one revolution per second. One of the Gemini's 16 thrusters had stuck open because of an electrical short circuit. 

Armstrong used re-entry thrusters to control the capsule, and after a 30-minute struggle, it was stabilized. Flight rules required a return to Earth after use of the re-entry thrusters, so the crewmembers fired retrorockets that sent Gemini 8 to a contingency landing zone in the Western Pacific.

One of the few photos that show Armstrong during the Apollo 11 moonwalk. Click image to enlarge. Photo credit: NASA 

Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong flew the rocket-powered X-15 as a test pilot. Photo credit: NASA 

Armstrong, right, joined astronaut Dave Scott on the Gemini VIII mission in March of 1966. Photo credit: NASA 
› View Photo GalleryThe eventful flight on March 16, 1966, had taken just over 10 hours, 41 minutes.

Apollo 11 lifted off on July 16, 1969, with Armstrong, Aldrin and Mike Collins aboard. Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module while Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the lunar module they had named Eagle to their historic landing on the moon's surface.

"Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed," Armstrong said, telling a tense and waiting Earth that men had finally reached the lunar surface.

He and Aldrin spent about two hours exploring, gathering more than 50 pounds of moon rocks and setting up three scientific experiments. The next day, after 21 hours and 37 minutes on the moon, they fired Eagle's engine to begin the return to Collins and the command module.

The crew returned to Earth, landing near the USS Hornet in the Pacific after a mission of just over eight days. President Richard M. Nixon was on the aircraft carrier's deck to welcome them.

"This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the creation," Nixon told the three.

After 16 days in quarantine to protect Earth from any returned moon germs, the crew went on U.S. and international tours. Millions greeted them as heroes.

Armstrong later served as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the Office of Advanced Research and technology at NASA Headquarters. He resigned from the space agency in 1971. As a professor at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979, he was involved in both teaching and research. 

He later went into the business world. Among other positions, he served for 10 years as chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc. of Charlottesville, Va. and later as chairman of AIL Systems Inc., an electronic systems company based in Deer Park, N.Y.

Armstrong was a fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the International Astronautical Federation.

He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served as a member of the National Commission on Space in 1985 and 1986, and in 1985 was vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident. He also was chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Peace Corps from 1971 to 1973.

Armstrong discusses the space race during
an Apollo 11 40th anniversary celebration in 2009


Seventeen countries decorated Armstrong. He received many special honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award, the Explorers Club Medal, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Harmon International Aviation Trophy, the Royal Geographic Society's Gold Medal, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale's Gold Space Medal, the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award, the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the AIAA Astronautics Award, the Octave Chanute Award, and the John J. Montgomery Award.

 
#36 Posted by TDK_1997 (14387 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P

#37 Posted by guttridgeb (4831 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP

#38 Posted by _Zombie_ (10296 posts) - - Show Bio

@InnerVenom123 said:

Not surprised in the least that it's a biebtard.

#39 Posted by Vance Astro (91052 posts) - - Show Bio

Goodnight Neil.

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#40 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

I know I'm late,but...

R.I.P.

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#41 Posted by ChaosBlazer (3930 posts) - - Show Bio

RIP. You truly changed the world, sir.

#42 Posted by Vaeternus (9321 posts) - - Show Bio

R.I.P. Neil, shame but he's a legend!

#43 Posted by (((Prodigy))) (2443 posts) - - Show Bio

Niel Armstrong will always be known for a very unique feat: Planting the American flag in the ground without having to kill anyone.

#44 Posted by Glitch_Spawn (17132 posts) - - Show Bio

WE'VE LANDED ON THE MOON!

-cookie for anyone who knows what just referenced-