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Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 in At TMV | 4 comments

Neil Armstrong Dead at 82

The first man to walk on the moon has died at the age of 82.

Armstrong had a long career of service to his nation both in the military and NASA. During the Korean War he was a decorated pilot who flew 78 missions in combat. At Purdue University and the University of South Carolina he worked to earn a masters degree in aeronautical engineering.

He then became a very successful test pilot before entering the astronaut training program. While a test pilot he was widely considered the best of the best.

At NASA he is of course best known for Apollo 11 but he also had great success during the Gemini program, most notably on the Gemini 8 mission when he calmly reacted to what could have been a disastrous failure and brought the spacecraft safely home.

It is amazing to consider that the smartphone you can read this post on has many times the computing power of the entire Apollo spacecraft. If you are reading on a laptop you likely have equivalent computing power to all of Mission Control at Houston.

Indeed if you listen during the videos below you will hear the words “twelve oh two” being spoken. That was a signal from the Eagle lander to NASA that the landing computer had overloaded and Armstrong had to take over and make a manual landing.

When you hear a voice calling out decreasing numbers, that is Buzz Aldrin reading how much fuel was left, and as you’ll notice it was a very close call. The mission came within seconds of being scrubbed.

While I did not see it live the moment still gives me chills as the world united for a time into a true family of man.

Consider just how fast we accomplished what we did.

In 1958 we launched our first probe into space

In 1961 we sent our first astronaut into a sub orbital flight

In 1962 we sent our first astronaut into an orbital flight

In 1966 we had our first successful docking (which was the rough equivalent of having two people stand in the front and back yards of your home, each tossing a ball over the roof and having them meet)

In 1969 we landed on the moon.

11 years from start to finish.

Imagine that we did the same thing now… we start in 2012 with an idea and by 2024 we are landing men on Mars.

Sadly I doubt it will happen.

But here are some videos of the accomplishments of the past.

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  • slamfu

    Nice recap of a great man’s career. The 60’s were probably the greatest decade in so many ways, and Mr. Armstrong represented the best of it. A great loss today.

  • zephyr

    Best of luck in your new mission Neil. Thanks for giving our nation something to be proud about.

  • SteveK

    Well said Patrick. I was just twenty two when Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the moon and we all sat in the living room and watched it happening on TV… It was simply amazing.

    The whole world was watching (or so we thought)… And though it was an event that, to most of us, was beyond the beyond it captured the heart and spirit of America though very few knew at the time what a true gentleman and hero Neil Armstrong was and would remain throughout his life.

  • PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

    Thanks Steve, glad that once in a while that I can do something right for you LOL

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