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US astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, first man on Moon


US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, US media report.

Earlier this month he had surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

He walked on the Moon on 20 July 1969, famously describing the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind".

Last November Armstrong, along with three other astronauts, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award.

He was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. He and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon.


http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-19381098


sad news, what an inspirational guy. RIP.

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Yep very sad.

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Very sad news indeed =(

RIP

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RIP


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Someone who was a unique part of culture as we know it. This is very sad, rest in peace

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Incredibly sad news.
Neil was, and will continue to be, a huge inspiration to so many people.
He truly instilled in thousands of people that nothing is impossible.

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Well we've lost the icon for space travel and a hero for hundreds of people. 82 though is a nice age to go and may he rest in peace

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wow. that caught me off my guard... sad to see a legend and such an important man pass... RIP

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This is so sad. :(

RIP

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One of the few men of modern history who's name will never be forgotten.

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I saw this a few minutes ago. Depressing news indeed. :(

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Really really sad, I truly believe he was, and still is, one of the most important men in the history of the universe

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The top comment on reddit sums up my feelings nicely:
That's one small death for a man, one giant loss for mankind

It's just another person dying, but it feels, yet again, like the end of the space exploration era.
I can't wait for a second era of space exploration to gain full speed. The mars rover is cool but somehow it still feels like baby steps compared to what this man achieved.
RIP

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RIP.

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I saw this just a few minutes ago. Incredibly sad and depressing. He was an icon and an inspiration to many and a great public science figure, a breed that seems to be disappearing. May he rest in peace and live on forever in our imaginations and our dreams of pushing mankind further

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First Sally Ride, and now Neil. Sad news indeed.

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Sad to hear. Always been in awe of the whole Apollo programme, mankind's finest hour if you ask me. Shame he never lived to see us go back to the Moon or even go to Mars. RIP.
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A true icon of our time. His name and legacy will live on forever.

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Very sad news :( He was the most famous astronaut in the world and he always will be

R.I.P.

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RIP to a very brave man.

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First time, when I heard about him, I was very little child. Thanks to him, I started my adventure with sci-fi and I was dreaming about space adventures. He was and always will be my inspiration. Rest in peace, Neil.

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Saw this on the news today. Such terrible news, he was so inspirational. RIP.

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I know it's really sad, but I cannot help it:

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RIP Neil Armstrong. Not a good week to have the surname Armstrong. Billie Joe from Green Day better take some felix felicis.


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RIP Neil. :(

That's a small step for a man, but a giant leap for mankind


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Wow that's sad. I didn;t knwo about it til I saw this thread. RIP

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RIP Mr. Armstrong. I remember very well where I was that day, way back when, when you took that beautiful walk. Shall never forget it or you. You were truly an American hero.

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Sad to hear. Always been in awe of the whole Apollo programme, mankind's finest hour if you ask me. Shame he never lived to see us go back to the Moon or even go to Mars. RIP.


The space program is amazing in general- but check out the documentaries on the mercury/gemini/apollo programs. Those guys were literally guinea pigs for it all and put their lives on the line. It's amazing the things we accomplished at that period of time- before computers and modern "stuff." Also- if you are ever in the area (Florida) take a tour of Kennedy Space Center. It's fucking awe inspiring. I could go on and on.


RIP Mr. Armstrong. I remember very well where I was that day, way back when, when you took that beautiful walk. Shall never forget it or you. You were truly an American hero.


You remember it? Tell me about it. Now i really have no idea how old you are... :)

Also folks- the footage of the original moon landing is on youtube, as well as many of the launches. If you've grown up seeing the space shuttle launch and seeing pics from hubble and the mars rovers... check this out. It's pretty insane that we were even able to watch that stuff with the technology we had back then. It's even more insane that now we can get almost real time images of mars in HD.

And never, ever give up on science. I know lots of people look at the space program and say "ZOMG! WHY ARE THEY SPENDING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON A MARS ROVER WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE STARVING HERE!!!" But the day we give up on science is the day we give up on our species. Exploration has been the key to humanity since the beginning of time, when the first caveman came out of his cave. The advancements and discoveries that have come from the space program have shaped and improved our lives in ways most people don't even begin to imagine. Britta water filter? Came from NASA. Grooved pavement on highways? Nasa. Artificial limbs and joints? Nasa. FUCKING CELL PHONES AND WEATHER FORECASTS! CABLE TV! YOUR GPS! All from the freaking space program.

We can never give up on science. To do so would propel us back into the dark ages. Given the republican/conservative climate in the states- we can not afford to give up on science.

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R.I.P !

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At least now I don't have to get him and the frontman of that band Green Day mixed up anymore.

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Someone on facebook posted "RIP Neil Armstrong, Green Day won't be the same without you."
Uh. Wut.
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