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.