August 25th, 2012 at 3:43 PM ^

In my  view, Armstrong's moment on the Moon belongs to human history as well, not just the history  of a single nation of its space program. In that one step, man achieved something profound. He served his country on sea in the Navy, in space, and in the classroom at one point teaching future engineers. RIP Neil Armstrong, a man who, on Apollo 11, quite literally boldly went where no one had gone before...


August 25th, 2012 at 4:06 PM ^

I was almost 6 years old when Armstrong waked on the moon. I remember my parents waking me up to watch the moon landing, since at the time I was interested in space and dinosaurs, but not Michigan football during Bo's first season. It would be another couple years before I became a big Michigan fan!

RIP, Neil Armstrong!


August 25th, 2012 at 6:33 PM ^

on a family drive through Ohio to visit family out East and seeing a large highway sign: "Wapakoneta, Ohio - Home of Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon."   We decided it would be as good a place as any to stop for a bite to eat.  His name was everywhere, including on the root beer stand where we had our hot dogs in his honor. 

Armstrong was also responsible for our big brother's picture in our home town's paper:  The Big Bro was doing a "space medicine" elective (via U of M med school) down at Cape Canaveral.  The picture showed him taking Armstrong's blood pressure.



August 25th, 2012 at 4:32 PM ^

It seems so simple now, but the original astronauts endured astonishing risks to accomplish what they did. Much of the techology that propelled Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins to the moon is frighteningly archaic by today's standards; the chance of something going very wrong was high. Richard Nixon had prepared an eloquent address, to be delivered if Armstrong and Aldrin were left stranded on the moon, just part of the due diligence of the space program.

They are some of the greatest men our country has ever produced, and deserve all the accolades they receive. Armstrong is one of our greatest heroes. 


August 25th, 2012 at 5:22 PM ^


What an achievement.

In 1971, my dad was working on a large project for GM. They had one of those new-fangled desk calculators. Not desk-top, it was the size of a desk, one sat down in front of it to use it. Archaic would be an apt description


August 25th, 2012 at 6:57 PM ^

The original mercury and gemini astronauts were launched into space on the same rocket technology that we would use for delivery of atomic warheads. Not only is that somewhat of a terrifying proposition but an interesting juxtaposition. Having two opposing nations, instead of using thier scientific might to launch apocolyptically destructive weapons at eachother, they choose to engage in a peaceful race which provides inspiration to generations.


August 25th, 2012 at 5:16 PM ^


He may have left this world...again, but his crowning achievements will never leave the history books and will be remembered for a long, long time. Rest in peace Neil


August 25th, 2012 at 5:25 PM ^

One's life is marked by memorable milestones.  Armstrong and Aldrin's walking on the moon definitely being one of them.  It was a warm July night in Howell, Michigan where I was 9 years old.  I recall the landing being somewhat early in the evening, but the actual excusion being quite a bit later in the night. 

Even as a 9 year old, I had a sense for the historic import of the moment.

The passing of those who were at the center of such life milestones marks, in a poignant way, a different kind of milestone.

M Fanfare

August 25th, 2012 at 5:30 PM ^

I am truly saddened by the news of Neil Armstrong's passing. I wasn't born until almost 20 years after Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, but upon reflection the significance of their mission is impossible to overstate.

At home, the United States was still recovering from the violence and social upheaval of the Civil Rights era, the assassination of leaders such as the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, Jr., while the protests over the Vietnam War added another level of social strife.

Abroad, the aforementioned Vietnam War was still raging while the US and USSR continued to engage in the dangerous high-wire act of the Cold War, all while the threat of nuclear annihilation loomed ever-present.

Yet when the moment came for Armstrong to climb out the hatch of the Eagle, the entire world stopped and turned on their TVs and radios to watch and listen to what is possibly the greatest peaceful accomplishment in human history. Apollo 11 in many ways united a fractured country and a fractured international community, however briefly. They showed us what we as a planet are capable of. Today, we lost a pioneer, an explorer, and a hero.

San Diego Mick

August 26th, 2012 at 6:10 AM ^

for a young man of your age to articulate in a very eloquent manner the vibe of that era, I felt goose bumps as I was reading your comment, kudos to you M Fanfare.

I was 6 years old when Mr Armstrong walked on the moon and it was so exciting watching live. My older brother later attended the U-M and majored in Physics and Astronomy, needless to say, everything NASA related was pretty important in our household, a truly significant era in the history of humankind.


Rest in Peace Mr Armstrong, you will be missed by billions, tears are being shed for sure.


August 25th, 2012 at 5:34 PM ^

Still blows my mind, not so much that men walked on the moon, but that they did so that long ago in that era of technology. What an accomplishment. Almost makes my eyes a little... dusty.


August 25th, 2012 at 5:47 PM ^

The world lost a hero today, not just the US.

Hard to imagine what it must have been like.  I spoke to a man who was an engineer at NASA at that time.  The bounces of the first steps were not because of a lack of gravity.  It was because the smartest minds in the world had decided one of two outcomes would occur.  Either man lands on the moon and is safe and walks around and eventually pulls out golf clubs or he falls 100 meters or so into the moon itself.  Those hops were a reflex.  He wasn't sure if he was going to immediately be buried in to the center of space rock, or if he'd have the opportunity to take a second step.  Words can't express how bad ass that man/crew was for taking that trip.


August 25th, 2012 at 10:08 PM ^

I remember when my dad retired in 1991, and my folks moved down to the Houston area. They found a beautiful home in El Lago, a community of 3,000 in the Clear Lake area of Houston. The community is very near NASA headquarters, and in the late 60's many astronauts lived there. (LINK: It turns out that my parents bought Armstrong's home. It was a beautiful house, with a sunken living room, an inground pool, a playroom upstairs for the kids, a huge kitchen and pantry, bedroom wing, and office wing for Armstrong. I loved that house, and loved visiting my folks there, although Dad sold it and moved back to the Chicago area when my mom passed.

Armstrong was an extremely private person, but it was always intriguing realizing that I was staying in the same house where he lived for a short time. If you ever get down to Houston, it is well worth going to the NASA campus to the space museum. They used to show a lot more of the real campus. That changed after 9-11, but the truth is, a more Disneyfied museum and exhibits is more accessible and understandablefor most people.


August 25th, 2012 at 9:45 PM ^

who ever flew. America has lost a Great man and a person who embodied the spirit of what this country could accomplsh when we all pull together.