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    Armstrong, first man on the moon, dead at 82

    Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday.

    His family reported the death at 2:45 p.m. ET. A statement said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

    Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82 - Cosmic Log

    Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

    He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.

    Armstrong and his wife, Carol, married in 1999, made their home in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill, but he had largely stayed out of public view in recent years. His birthday was Aug. 5.

    He spoke at Ohio State University during a February event honoring fellow astronaut John Glenn and the 50th anniversary of Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. In May, Armstrong joined Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida to support the opening of The National Flight Academy, which aims to teach math and science to kids through an aviation-oriented camp.

    The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.

    He left NASA a year later to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

    In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.

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    Just saw that, RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panty Hamster
    In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.
    Yes, brilliant, fair play for them. They achieved all that without carrying guns and shooting people.

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    None of us are getting any younger .

    RIP Khun Neil .

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    ^^ Technically many of them were fighter pilots, so they did indeed shoot at people.

    But otherwise, fuck off with your pathetic political message you twat.

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    ^ What he said.

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    RIP.

    Now can we have guyinthailand tell us in his inimitable technicolour and long-winded style how the moon landings were faked?

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    RIP to a truly great American.

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    One small step for man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa
    how the moon landings were faked?
    Can't land space craft on cheese.

    Wonder how scared he was when he first stepped onto the moon.

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    ^ Probably stepped very carefully considering what would have happened if he had injured himself...

    "It was accepted that if either Armstrong or Aldrin had broken an ankle or got injured on the lunar surface that the uninjured astronaut would not be able to get them back in the craft because it was a long climb up the ladder. He would have died on the Moon."

    BBC News - Neil Armstrong 'had 20 seconds to make Moon landing decision'

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    RIP Neil, you were the first.

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    I remember my late father telling me that when he went to school he was told that there wouldn't be a man on the moon for 500 years...

    To have seen it in his lifetime was astounding for him...

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    The moon landing was probably the mot astounding achievement of the 20th century- RIP Neil Armstrong.

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    I watched the first moon walk on a grainy black and white TV at my girlfriend's house. An overwhelming experience. RIP Neil Armstrong.

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    The Soviets were actually the first ones to land something on the moon I believe.

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    I heard he was doping and that Buzz Aldrin will be declared the first man on the moon.

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal
    The Soviets were actually the first ones to land something on the moon I believe.
    I believe it was Luna 2, crash landing in 1959 (Sept. 13th?)...

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    those astronauts were true explorers, in the same mould as the 16th century sailors who went off into uncharted territories where there was no such thing as a plan b.

    and from what i read, he was a genuinely decent bloke too.

    being the first to step down from the lander means he got most of the glory, but it was a great team effort from nasa.

    the usa, like victorian britain before it, really was an inspiration to others

    what do we have now? ...... i'm a celebrity get me out of here, big brother and wayne rooney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile
    in the same mould as the 16th century sailors who went off into uncharted territories where there was no such thing as a plan b.
    They weren't even sure the world was round...

    Was a "chance" they might even sail off the planet when they reached the other side...

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    Cavor and Bedford, two englishmen, were in truth the first men on the moon despite rumours of a faked landing.

    Here they are alongside one of the latter day hero's of space exploration.







    All gone to that big spaceship in the sky now. R.I.P. Neil, our planet owes you

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    Yip, most of the above sentiments, great feats those early space men. landing on the moon was incredible when you realize that your average Smart phone today is several times more powerful than the computers that guided them there and back.

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