Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 19:40 UTC
In the News "Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday on Aug. 5. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news of 'one giant leap for mankind'. He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin." Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Such a great man. The world lost a true legendary hero today. This man will be an inspiration for generations to come.
Thread beginning with comment 532301
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 19:42 UTC
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

A great man has left us.

Reply Score: 7

RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 19:49 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Puts our stupid bickering over stuff that doesn't matter in perspective, don't it? ;)

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 20:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

We just went to the movies and while I was standing in the parking lot I noticed the moon only to find out moments later Neil Armstrong passed away.

I think that looking at the stars or looking at pictures of the Earth is a great way of putting things in to perspective.

Chances are we are the only intelligent live in this part of the galaxy and instead of being happy and doing science stuff to reach out to the stars and the mysteries of live, the universe and everything we make up all these things that make us unhappy. Money, borders, patents, rules, religion.

Just think about it how insane money is. Money doesn't exist, we made it up and then we spend our lives acquiring it, killing others for it, saying we can't help others because we don't have enough money or don't want to spend it.

One day a killer astroid will come at us and we can't stop it, because we don't have enough money.

If aliens visit us one day, no matter how smart they are they'll never figure out what we are doing here and why.

Neil was lucky, for a brief moment he escaped the madness and walked on the f*cking moon! It's hard to top that.

"It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars and so on -- whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man -- for precisely the same reasons." -- Douglas Noel Adams

Reply Parent Score: 15

RE: Comment by MOS6510
by tanzam75 on Sat 25th Aug 2012 22:42 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

Hear hear.

The guy had nerves of steel.

He saved the Gemini 8 mission after a thruster stuck open, rolling the spacecraft so rapidly that the astronauts' vision became blurry.

He ejected from an out-of-control LLRV that could've killed him.

And he guided the Eagle to its lunar landing, with just 25 seconds of fuel to spare. Not only that, but the computer overloaded twice and then directed the LM at a boulder field that could've destroyed it. And to top it all off, a premature fuel warning that made him think he had even less fuel than the little he had.

Reply Parent Score: 6

RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by lala on Sun 26th Aug 2012 01:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
lala Member since:
2006-01-15

Unbelievable story..examples right stuff.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Sat 1st Sep 2012 23:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The guy had nerves of steel.
[...]
He ejected from an out-of-control LLRV that could've killed him.

I'm not sure if ejecting out of soon-to-crash vehicle is a fitting example to "nerves of steel"... what does that make the people on passenger aircraft, who have no means to eject, not even a parachute? (especially those in the 20s or, partly, 30s - when airlines had safety record fairly comparable to space missions)

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Laurence on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:14 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Very true.

I know Dr Who is only make believe, but I'm reminded of a scene where the Doctor refers to the moon landings as the most watch piece of video footage ever; and I quite believe that to be the case. Regardless of age, gender, race or even personal interests: nearly every single person on the globe will have at some point seen Armstrong's iconic first steps. And with good reason too!

I don't know if I'll ever live to see anything as pioneering nor extraordinary as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's lunar antics, but if -as a planet- we do take up manned space flight again, Armstrong will definitely an inspiration to everyone involved.

RIP

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by wanker90210 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 14:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
wanker90210 Member since:
2007-10-26

And, possibly because of images of the Silence disrupting, humanity believes the first words on the moon was "a small step..." when they really were "I'm down the ladder now"

Reply Parent Score: 3