“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, the speaker of this quote now immortalized as the first words uttered on the moon, passed away on August 25, 2012, from complications following his recent bypass surgery. Although born in the 1930’s when there was no Twitter, Facebook, or even computers, Armstrong has been remembered in the social media community this week.
Neil Armstrong Mentioned
Twitter has been one of the main sources for former and present astronauts, family and friends, and even individuals all over the globe to express their condolences to and appreciation for this world-renowned hero.
Prasad Dhamnaskar Tweeted, “Neil Armstrong Took the Hardest Step for All of Us.” Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist Tweeted, “Neil Armstrong was the spiritual repository of spacefaring dreams & ambitions” and “The first crewed spacecraft to Mars should be named the ‘Armstrong’.”
Buzz Aldrin’s Statement
In addition to the widespread remembrances of Neil Armstrong’s passing, there are also personal statements by those who knew him very well. One of these statements came from Buzz Aldrin, who was Neil’s companion as they manned the Apollo XI Mission.
“Whenever I look at the moon I am reminded of that precious moment, over four decades ago, when Neil and I stood on the desolate, yet beautiful, Sea of Tranquility, looking back at our brilliant blue planet Earth suspended in the darkness of space…On behalf of the Aldrin family, we extend our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire Armstrong family. I will miss my friend Neil as I know our fellow citizens and people around world will miss this foremost aviation and space pioneer.”
Finally, there is a heartfelt statement that was released by Neil’s family. “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.” As a result of these sweet words, there is now a trending hashtag on Twitter: #winkatthemoon.
Neil Armstrong’s legacy will be one of heroism and humility. I’m sure there is no coincidence that the same day as Mr. Armstrong’s private memorial, a rare “blue moon” is expected to appear. His small step for man has clearly not been forgotten, even out of this world. ;0)