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.
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RE[4]: What's all the fuss about
by Alfman on Mon 27th Aug 2012 14:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What's all the fuss about"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

"He would admit it. But it doesn't change the fact that no one would choose a less qualified pilot to do the first lunar landing. It wasn't through luck that he was one of the best test pilots available for the job."


Armstrong was a great inspiration to us because of what he did, there's no denying that. He was certainly qualified, however none of the other qualified people who could have gone will get much recognition in the end simply because they were not lucky enough to go on that first moon mission.

Quoting astronaut Walt Cunningham:
"Most of our group in those days could have accomplished the challenge of the mission, but I do not know a one that could have handled the resulting notoriety as well as Neil did."

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

I hope I don't offend anybody by the way I said that. I don't want to lessen the public admiration of Armstrong, but I do want to increase the admiration of all the early anonymous engineers and space pioneers. It shows that humanity can achieve great feats when we decide to work together towards a common goal.

Our technology has advanced by magnitudes, but somehow I feel like humanity has regressed since those times. Maybe we need another "space race" of sorts to kickstart the next human milestone in which we can all take pride in again.

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