MSNBC is announcing it now.
More to come.
UPDATE: I'm recording MSNBC and memories of Armstrong. I'll post that when I can get it up to YouTube.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has passed.... he had heart surgery just a few weeks ago.
I'll never forget the moon landing. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a child.
Walter Cronkite, remembering the moon landing:
Footage of the Moon Landing:
ABC News now reporting:
Neil Armstrong Dead
From NBC News, h/t to the kind and generous Walt Starr:
Included is a Special Report video
Statement from the family of Neil Armstrong:From kestrel9000 in the comments:
And this request:
"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."
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I'Âve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, --Â and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Â wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I'Âve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
Video from MSNBC:
John Glenn remembers Neil Armstrong:
From noweasels in the comments section:
The White House issued the following statement Saturday:
Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Neil Armstrong.
Neil was among the greatest of American heroes–not just of his time, but of all time. When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation. They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable–that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible. And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.
Today, Neil’s spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown–including those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further in space. That legacy will endure–sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step.