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Neil Armstrong Dies at 82; Share Your Reflections

The first astronaut to walk on the moon died today at age 82.

The Apollo 11 astronaut died after complications following cardiac bypass surgery, according to news reports.

Share your memories of Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon in July 1969. Where were you and what do you remember from that historic moment? And if you weren't around back then, what are your thoughts?

Tim August 25, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Very sad news... I just recently visited KSC in Cape Canaveral too. Armstrong truly was an American hero.
Diane Schwartz August 25, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I've always been fascinated by the space program To those who claim it is a waste of money, the amount of money is so small in comparison to what is spent on destruction of the planet. It's in our genetic make up to explore and learn. To be heroic. Neil Armstrong is among those whose first steps will eventually lead us out to the planets and beyond. And yes, I will wink at the moon.
Mona Taplin August 26, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I second every word you have writen Diane. I felt so blessed to be alive when the moon landing took place, and I can't help but believe that space exploration is worth every penny we can spend on it. Neil Armstrong was a great hero in my eyes and I am saddened by his passing.
David Mills (Editor) August 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I was a teen when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. We watched it live with CBS News' Walter Cronkite narrating. Then, I went into my back yard on that summer evening and looked up at the bright moon in the sky. I was in complete amazement that there were people standing on that heavenly body at that very moment.
Tim August 26, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I agree as well. NASA is a rare exception to the rule of government waste. NASA isn't a bottomless pit of a social welfare program. As a Republican, I fully support NASA and was disappointed in the cuts that President Obama made to NASA. It's not just space exploration, which in and of itself is great, but NASA can be credited with helping to invent many of the things we use everyday that make our lives easier. Here's a few examples... http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/ten-nasa-inventions.htm
Billy Bradford August 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
As a Democrat, I also fully support NASA and was disappointed in the House GOP: "The 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill contains $51.1 billion in funding, $731 million below what President Obama requested." Source: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/appropriations/222205-house-gop-unveils-cuts-to-nasa-science-funding.
Mike Shannon August 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I watched that night and many other times. He was an inspiration to me an many other engineers. I was lucky enough to meet him when he came to the University of Cincinnati and joined our engineering school faculty while I was a student there in the mid 70s. He was unassuming and a quiet hero. His words on the moon are forever embroidered in the fabric of our society.
Gary Allsebrook August 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I watched the moon landing from Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippine Islands, while serving during Viet Nam. Prior to that I worked for Dalmo Victor (contracted by North American Rockwell), in Belmont, that developed and manufactured the communications modules for the LEM and Command Ship Module. I am very proud of my association with NASA and deeply saddened by Neil Armstrongs passing. He was a true and rare American hero.... "One small step for man and a giant leap for mankind". There's not many people left with the "right stuff" anymore (especially in government). Godspeed Neil.
Linda Lee August 27, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I'll never forget that day in July of 1969! I worked at the Post Office in Burlingame as a letter carrier. I was delivering mail on Douglas Avenue when all of a sudden the woman at 1137 Douglas came running out of her house to tell me about the moon landing! What an exciting day that was and I'm so saddened to hear of Neil Armstrong's passing.
David August 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
No one born after 1935 has walked on the moon...
Mission Pool Service & Supply August 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Wow, what a memory! Very cool.

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