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Neil Armstrong works at the LM in the only photo taken of him on the moon from the surface. NASA photo as11-40-5886.
Neil Armstrong works at the LM in the only photo taken of him on the moon from the surface.
Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the surface of the moon, has died at age 82.
The family described him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and also as "a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job."

That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.

When Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, he fulfilled the goal that had been set by President John F. Kennedy just eight years earlier. [...]

Armstrong's family said, "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."

That's the least we can do to honor a true American hero. Condolences to Mr. Armstrong's family.

There's ongoing discussion in Diogenes2008's diary.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM PDT.

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