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COMMENT: A tribute to the Man on the Moon

Posted on Thursday, 30 August by

On Saturday evening the news broke of the passing of a man I think we along with our parents and even our grandparents all admired as children and adults, Neil Armstrong.

Unfortunately there was some slight confusion to who Neil Armstrong was, as I came across a couple of odd tweets from people who thought Neil Armstrong was in fact the Cyclist Lance, and a Justin Bieber fan was convinced it was someone from US sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother?’, the less said on that the better.

Despite an amazing catalogue of work, the Apollo 11 space mission was the one that lives in history. In 1969, Armstrong became the first human being to step out onto the moon. Now that he’s left Earth forever, this takes my breath away. What a life. I simply don’t have the words or the capability to express or imagine what he must have experienced despite being such a modest man.

Space travel and exploration seems to be one thing we have all been able to share over the years and hopefully will continue to. There is nothing more wonderful than the universe and beyond. When space missions are in operation, everyone is very united no matter what flag it is under. Only the other week a rover was skilfully landed on Mars and is now sending back the most spectacular high-definition photographs of the planet. I think it’s one of the amazing things that can bring and inspire so many individuals on a global scale, we all have that curiosity inside of us and a thirst for knowledge and it shows – especially when it comes to space.

While we can’t all step out on to the moon or even venture into space (just yet, anyhow), we can be inspired and assist in space discovery, you just need to allow yourself the time. If you take a moment after reading this article to just think about what it must have been like to be off planet Earth. Away from civilization and heading to the Moon, where on so many evenings we see it in many shapes and sizes – it can give us a real buzz. Neil Armstrong archived something amazing on behalf of humanity and if you lend a little time to discovery and science, I’m sure we can keep it alive. There will be many more discoveries in the future and with any luck, we will once again send a manned mission into space.

This Friday there is a ‘Blue Moon’. Only blue in name though, it is actually the second full moon of August – which will be the last ‘Blue Moon’ until 2015. Hopefully the skies will be clear on Friday so wherever you may be, be sure to pop your head out the window and have a look.

Neil Armstrong’s family say they have one simple request for those who wish to honor the man who walked on the moon; “Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink”.

Neil Armstrong – 1930-2012.

“This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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