Tributes and Remembrances for Neil Armstrong

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

Charles Bolden
NASA Administrator

“On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of the Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.”Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.”As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.”

Bob Cabana
NASA Kennedy Space Center

“Neil Armstrong was a true American hero, and one of the nicest gentlemen around. He was the epitome of what an engineering test pilot should be, and a role model for everyone who aspired to be an astronaut.

“He always took the time to share his thoughts on technical issues and his experiences from the past.

“I feel very privileged to have known him. He will be missed.”

Bob Behnken
NASA Astronaut Office

“Neil Armstrong was a very personal inspiration to all of us within the astronaut office. His historic step onto the Moon’s surface was the foundation for many of our personal dreams to become astronauts. The only thing that outshone his accomplishments was his humility about those accomplishments. We will miss him as a friend, mentor, explorer and ambassador for the American spirit of ingenuity.”

Ray Lugo
NASA’s Glenn Research Center

“Our condolences reach out to his wife Carol and surround the entire Armstrong family. The loss of Neil is felt by the entire NASA community and especially by his Ohio-based NASA family at the Glenn Research Center. Neil remains a national treasure; a pioneering astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer and professor; the first man to set foot on the moon. He has helped turn the complexities, challenges and stumbling blocks of space exploration into stepping stones that others have followed and a brilliant trail for the future explorers. His legacy will inspire those who will follow in his footsteps to Dream Big.”

Nancy Conrad
Founder & Chairman
The Conrad Foundation

“It is with deep personal sadness that I, along with this nation, mourn the death of Neil Armstrong. Neil was a humble and personable man who although he was the first man to walk on the moon, he never asserted his own ego into a conversation. Neil will always be remembered for the inspiration he gave to all of us to press on and to achieve our own personal greatness. He was the personification of the Giant Leap for mankind. Neil was not only a gentleman he was a gentle man. Thank you Neil for a life well lived. You will always be an inspiration.”

Paul E. Damphousse
Executive Director
Hugh Downs
National Space Society

Hugh Downs: “News of Neil Armstrong’s passing is so shocking that there is no way it can be absorbed right away as reality. His position in history is deeper than that of any known discoverer or explorer in the history of this planet. As the first human to land on any world outside the Earth, and probably the first living creature of any sort to come from the Earth and reach the Moon, his legacy will be safe as long as intelligent life survives in this corner of the cosmos.”

Paul E. Damphousse: “Humanity will one day become a truly space-faring species and millions of people will venture beyond the Earth. But Neil Armstrong will always be the first among us to set foot on another world. Today we mark his passing and celebrate his place in history. He was one of the giants upon whose shoulders we stand, and we will honor his legacy by continuing our efforts to move humanity into the cosmos.”

Scott Parazynski
Lance Bush
The Challenger Center

“On behalf of our Challenger Center family, we are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Neil Armstrong, a true American hero.  A constant source of inspiration to people around the globe, we were fortunate enough to consider Neil a friend of our organization. His passion and determination will continue to inspire students each and every day. We are grateful for his support and encouragement and send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

Michael Lopez-Alegria
Eric Anderson
Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation joins the world in mourning the passing of Neil Armstrong – a great American and an exceptional human being.

“Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the Moon, was not just a hero; he was and will always be a veritable icon,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria.  “His name and his deeds will be remembered not for a decade or even a generation, but rather will be forever stitched into the fabric of human history. Our thoughts are with his family and others close to him.”

“While Neil Armstrong will always be remembered for walking on the Moon, no less impressive is the modest, honorable and dignified manner in which he lived his life after NASA,” said CSF Chairman Eric Anderson.  “He truly embodied the best of humankind.”

Lon Rain
Coalition for Space Exploration

“Today we mourn the loss of Neil Armstrong, a true hero for all mankind. Neil was a humble man who devoted his life and his career to serving a greater cause. From the children who strive to explore the stars to those who devote their lives to reaching beyond the bonds of earth, one can only hope to follow in his footsteps.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of this great man. We will forever celebrate his life, his accomplishments and his spirit.”

 Mitt Romney
Republican Candidate for President

“Neil Armstrong today takes his place in the hall of heroes. With courage unmeasured and unbounded love for his country, he walked where man had never walked before. The moon will miss its first son of earth.

“I met and spoke with Neil Armstrong just a few weeks ago–his passion for space, science and discovery, and his devotion to America will inspire me through my lifetime.”