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Quotes On The death Of A Space Legend Neil Armstrong At 82


Today mark a remarkable day in the history of space exploration after the man who uttered the iconic words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” has died at the age of 82. Glowing tributes to his achievements came all around the world including businesses, science industries, and governments alike. In Australia and most countries around the world flew their flags at half mask in honour of the fallen (reluctant hero).

The family statement described “Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

“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.

“He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

“As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

“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.

“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.”

Important dignitaries that have paid tributes to him include Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the astronaut’s death “marks the end of an amazing era in human progress.”

“His example of service, accomplishment and modesty… will never die.”

A “deeply saddened” President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed Armstrong as “the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time.”

His “legacy will endure — sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step,” said Obama, who was just under eight years old at the time of the historic Apollo 11 mission.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner remembered Armstrong as a “true hero.”

“Ohio has lost one of her proudest sons. Humanity has gained a legend,” Boehner said.

And Aldrin was looking forward to a re-union between himself, Armstrong and Michael Collins when they mark their 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 7yrs time, but as you know nature is very cruel at times.

“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,” Aldrin said.

And Armstrong was a man who refuse to sell himself because of his fame. His simple philosophy was “hard work” earns infinite payment.

Photo Source: NASA

Article By George Osaghae







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