Neil Armstrong, der erste Mann auf dem Mond, ist im Alter von 82 Jahren verstorben (NBC auf Google Plus, Reuters). Der Mann hatte erst Anfang des Monats seinen Geburtstag gefeiert, eine Bypass-OP überstanden und befand sich auf dem Weg der Besserung. Außerdem hat er ein Raumschiff beim Landeanflug auf die Erde mit 'nem Kuli repariert. Rest in Peace, Neil.
Von seiner Website: „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.“
Hier sein großer Moment in Space and Time:
Bild oben: The astronaut images of LIFE photographer Ralph Morse: „Neil Armstrong in Apollo trainer“. Updates, wie sie reinkommen, nach dem Klick.
Nachruf der Waschington Post: Neil Armstrong, who gave world ‘giant leap’ with his 1st footprint on the moon, dies
„Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement Saturday from his family said. It didn’t say where he died.“
spOnline: „Erst Anfang des Monats unterzog sich Armstrong einer Bypass-Operation. Den Medienberichten zufolge waren Komplikationen nach dieser Herz-OP die Todesursache. Gemeinsam mit seiner Ehefrau Carol - die beiden heirateten 1999 - lebte er in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten zurückgezogen in der Nähe von Cincinnati.“
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Patrick Moore interview with Neil Armstrong BBC 1970:
New York Times: Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Is Dead at 82
In those first moments on the moon, during the climax of the heated space race with the Soviet Union, Mr. Armstrong stopped in what he called “a tender moment” and left a patch commemorating NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.
“It was special and memorable, but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do,” he told an Australian television interviewer in 2012.
Mr. Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, who was known as Buzz, spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
Spaceref: Statement from the Family of Neil A. Armstrong: „We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.“
Armstrong's words "That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history.
Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the climactic fulfillment of the efforts and hopes of millions of people and the expenditure of billions of dollars. A plaque on one of the lander's legs that concluded "We came in peace for all mankind," further emphasized that Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were there as representatives of all humans.
Armstrong is survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and sister.
"Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time," said President Barack Obama. "Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step."