Goodnight Sweet Prince

Neil Armstrong 1930 2012

Armstrong, 82, passed away Saturday after surgery earlier this month for blocked arteries. A fighter pilot in the Korean War, a test pilot and an engineering professor, he will also be remembered as the astronaut who fulfilled the goal that President John F. Kennedy set out — to put a man on the moon by end of the 1960’s — and the first among equals in the pantheon of astronauts from the moon race.

“Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time,” President Obama said in a statement. “When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation.”

Armstrong’s family also released a statement that read “[he was a] reluctant American hero [and had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. 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.”

Armstrong became the symbol of the dream not just of one country but of a whole world to reach beyond our own planet . “Even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone,” Aldrin said in a statement on Saturday. “Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.”
Neil Armstrong 1930-2012
Goodnight sweet prince

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