Hephaestus's Blog


I am very sad.
August 26, 2012, 15:38
Filed under: Space stuff

First, an acrostic:

 

Notable

Eagle Scout

Iconic

Legendary

American

Lunar Pioneer

Decorated Hero

Engineer

NASA Crewmember

Astronaut

Reluctant Hero

Moonwalker

Scottish Ancestry

Test Pilot

Remembered

Octogenarian

Naval Pilot

Gemini commander

 

“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

 

Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon and one of my heroes, died Saturday, August twenty-fifth at the age of eighty-two. He commanded two space missions, Gemini 8, which was cut short after the space capsule malfunctioned and spun wildly, and Apollo 11, when humans first landed upon another planetary body. Armstrong was joined on this mission by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins. My favorite bit of Armstrong trivia is an incident in 1979, which was this: he was working on his farm near Lebanon, Ohio, and his wedding ring caught in a latch on his grain truck as he was jumping off. Part of his finger was torn off, and he picked it up, packed it in ice, and drove to the hospital, where it was surgically reattached. He served as vice-chairman on the Rogers Commission which investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1985. When I heard he had died of complications from coronary bypass surgery, I was stunned and decided to write this post with a poem in his honor.

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