August 25th, 2012

Farewell Gentle Traveller

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Astronaut, Neil Armstrong, died today aged 82.

I was 9 years old when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. It was my sister’s sixth birthday and we were allowed to stay up and watch the moon landing.

I was a big science fiction fan, I built space rockets, read stories and looked at the skies at night. It has stayed with me my whole life, only today I bought the third issue of the new magazine All About Space and I’m 52. Neil Armstrong played a big part in all that.

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  1. Plodnomore says:

    One article I read about the landing was that the US authorities, at one stage, gave Armstrong and Aldrin a 47% chance of successfully leaving the moon, especially after the near disaster of the landing when a switch to one of the rocket controls snapped off. It was apparently sorted by a pen top being jammed in the switch socket and used as a make-shift switch. Amid all the glory given to Armstrong and Aldrin, I often thought of how Michael Collins felt, being left alone in the capsule. When it went round the dark side of the moon, he said that he felt like the lonliest person who had ever lived.

    August 26th, 2012 at 16:22

  2. Gary says:

    I was allowed to stay up as well. Like the assasination of Kennedy I remember it and exactly where I was. Strange. I thought all three of them were very brave men. I still do.

    August 27th, 2012 at 21:08

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