NASA Mourns Loss of Neil Armstrong, First Man to Walk on the Moon

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander, inside the Lunar Module as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of his historic moonwalk. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died. He was 82.

His family has released a statement:

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.


Neil Armstrong

Neil A. Armstrong
1930 -2012

You made us all proud. Rest in peace, Neil.

Statement from the Family of Neil Armstrong
Saturday, August 25, 2012

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

“Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

“He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

“As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.

“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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California Seeks to Preserve Apollo 11 Relics on Moon


To California, Moon Junk Is State Treasure
The New York Times

In one small step for preservation and one giant leap of logic, the official historical commission of California voted Friday to protect two small urine collection devices, four space-sickness bags and dozens of other pieces of detritus, all currently residing nearly a quarter of a million miles from the state.


NASA to Receive Primetime Emmy Award



NASA Television has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 2009 Philo T. Farnsworth Award recognizes the agency for engineering excellence and commemorates the 40th anniversary of the technological innovations that made possible the first live TV broadcast from the moon by the Apollo 11 crew on July 20, 1969.


Neil Armstrong: Way Better Than Pete Conrad

The crew of Apollo 11
The crew of Apollo 11

Our latest poll is complete, and it seems like you Parabolic Archers have decided that Neil Armstrong is your favorite Apollo astronaut. Neil was far ahead of Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell:

Neil Armstrong – Apollo 11 (51.0%, 44 Votes)
Jim Lovell – Apollo 13 (28.0%, 24 Votes)
Pete Conrad – Apollo 12 (11.0%, 10 Votes)
Steve Austin – Apollo 19 (10.0%, 9 Votes)


The Space Review: Apollo 11 Anniversary Edition


Today in The Space Review….

Apollo’s greatest achievement
Alan Stern says it’s the inspiration it provided to a generation of Americans, some of whom are now turning their attention to the commercial development of space.

Why are we celebrating the great Moon hoax?
Apollo is still thought by many as the first small step in the human exploration of the universe. That belief, argues Michael Potter, is the real “hoax” of the Apollo program as those journeys were more of a dead end than a giant leap.

Apollo: The Race to the Moon, twenty years on
Thomas J. Frieling interviews the authors of “Apollo: The Race to the Moon” to get their perspectives on the anniversary and the creation of the book.

Reviews: Remembering Apollo in ways old and new
The 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 has brought a new slate of books and other options for remembering and understanding that mission. Jeff Foust reviews several of these, from a book by an Apollo 11 astronaut to an iPhone game.

A square peg in a cone-shaped hole: The Samos E-5 recoverable satellite (part 2)
In the second of a three-part examination of an early reconnaissance satellite program, Dwayne Day recounts the unique technical challenges faced by the team developing the camera for the Samos E-5 spacecraft.

The new politics of planetary defense
A change in administrations had led to a change in how national security risks are assessed. Taylor Dinerman argues that planetary defense—protecting the Earth from potentially hazardous asteroids and comets—should play a role in those revised assessments.

Google Earth Goes All 3-D on the Moon

Google Earth now brings you the moon
Financial Post

On Monday, the search engine giant unveiled Moon in Google Earth, an interactive, three-dimensional atlas of the Moon as part of its Google Earth 5.0 satellite imaging and mapping software, to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Aldrin’s historic sojourn on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.


Fisher Releases Replica of Apollo Space Pen



As we celebrate the historic moon landing of Apollo 11 on July 20, Fisher Space Pen Co. is making available 1,000 limited edition AG7-40LE Space Pens. The pen is designed as a replica of the historic anti-gravity model pen that was invented by company founder, Paul C. Fisher, in 1966 and flew aboard the Apollo missions.


Michael Collins Q&A on Apollo 11

michaelcollinsNASA PRESS RELEASE

The following is a series of questions and answers prepared by Michael Collins, command module pilot for Apollo 11. Collins issued the following statement in lieu of media interviews:

These are questions I am most frequently asked, plus a few others I have added. For more information, please consult my book, the 40th anniversary edition of CARRYING THE FIRE, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. All of the following sections in quotation marks are from that reference.

Q. Circling the lonely moon by yourself, the loneliest person in the universe, weren’t you lonely?

A. No.


This Week in The Space Review

The crew of Apollo 11
The crew of Apollo 11

This week in The Space Review:

3-2-1 splashdown! A review of Hornet Plus Three
Dwayne Day reviews a book that offers details about the splashdown and recovery of Apollo 11.

Apollo and America’s Cold War (part 2)
Taylor Dinerman continues his examination of the political forces surrounding Project Apollo with a look at the role Lyndon Johnson played in shaping NASA and Apollo to fit his goals.

To Boldly Go… Where Others Have Gone Before
Edward Ellegood looks at what lessons previous blue ribbon panels have to offer to the Augustine committee.

The Past and Future of British Human Spaceflight
Jeff Foust reports on a recent event that was as much a way to honor those Britons who have flown in space as it was part of an effort to promote human spaceflight in the country.

The Numbers Game
Brian Weeden explains the challenges in identifying and tracking satellites and debris, and how the US military and others can improve this effort.

The First Space Cadets
Dwayne Day describes how a few officers—the “Space Cadets”—helped get the Air Force’s first satellite program off the ground.

SFF Sets Apollo Anniversary Gala for July 20



Honor the courage and prowess that lead to “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” by attending the Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala on Monday, July 20th at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, California.

This black tie event will conclude the NewSpace 2009 Conference with keynote speakers Peter Diamandis, Rick Tumlinson, and David Webb. The event will feature the decorated film, Moon Beat, the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Industry Awards, and announcement of the Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition winner.