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post Aug 25 2012, 07:42 PM
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Godspeed, Neil Alden Armstrong.

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post Aug 25 2012, 07:51 PM
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R.I.P the guy I sat up late into the night to watch walk on the Moon when I was 6 years old.
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post Aug 25 2012, 08:02 PM
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http://neilarmstronginfo.com/statement/

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“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. 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.”


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post Aug 25 2012, 08:09 PM
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I can see the Moon from here, half sad, half smiling since Neil's first steps. You changed my life Sir. R.I.Tranquility


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post Aug 25 2012, 08:16 PM
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In the distant future I have no doubt there will be a great many other first steps on many, many other worlds...but there will always be only one first "first" step for humanity.

Prof. Armstrong may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.



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post Aug 25 2012, 08:24 PM
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there she is the Moon!
is it my impression or is it more or less the same phase of that July 1969 night?


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post Aug 25 2012, 08:29 PM
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20 JULY 1969 by W.W. Cooper

They made it, we all made it, just a bit
like Vikings leaving runes and little more.
taking the lesser light where God placed it
to show ourselves just what a heaven's for.
They loped like diving-suited kangaroos
over that sterile world of one night stands,
driving moon bugs and golf balls to amuse
the children, while the stars slipped through our hands.
They're gone now to their shrinks and shrunken space.
The praise is theirs; it's ours to wonder why
the world's still flat and dreams are out of grace.
So I, believing less each summer, pry
open that lost last year to see the bright
earth jewel smooth and blue in velvet night.


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QUOTE (Paolo @ Aug 25 2012, 10:24 PM) *
there she is the Moon!
is it my impression or is it more or less the same phase of that July 1969 night?

That's my feeling too Paolo.


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post Aug 25 2012, 08:43 PM
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The Moon was in the same phase as 43 years ago on 7/20 about three days ago, so yeah, she's really close to the same.

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post Aug 25 2012, 10:16 PM
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For anyone who's interested, TPS is soliciting memories & tributes here.


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post Aug 25 2012, 10:36 PM
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Thank you Mr Armstrong. You changed my life here on Earth.

Let's take his passing as an opportunity to redouble our efforts and honor his legacy by inspiring the next generation to follow in his footsteps and head for the stars.
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post Aug 25 2012, 10:46 PM
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Gibbous Moon tonight…

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post Aug 26 2012, 05:24 AM
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It feels just a little further away tonight. God speed, hero.
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post Aug 26 2012, 06:35 AM
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I have to turn my head to see it the 'proper' way up down here. Strange thing is I've found myself talking about the Moon and the Apollo program more than usual these past two days.
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post Aug 26 2012, 07:11 AM
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Haven't done this for a long time...


Booted foot crunches into alien, vacuum soil
Ancient gray plain, as far as the eye can see
He made it
Despite technology's failures, he soared above the boulders
that would have spelled the end to the first step, to all of them
But his boots are on the ground.

Do the job, do the job
Do it right
Go home, he thinks

He does not think of the history
or that he will live forever
He does it right.

He has to look in a mirror and still see himself, after all.

Time to go home; the mission's done.
The ascent engine may or may not work, no matter
he and Buzz will MAKE it work somehow

Time to go home
but in his heart, he knew
that a new home for Man was just opened
and he was just the first of us to enter the door...


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