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Armstrong died following complications from heart surgery

There isn't a tech geek alive that doesn't know the name Neil Armstrong. And because of this, there are many heavy hearts around the world today not only from tech geeks like those that read DailyTech, but from all of mankind.
We learned this afternoon that Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, died at 2:45 pm today as a result of complications from heart surgery he underwent several weeks ago. He was 82.

Armstrong, along with Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, became the first men to touchdown on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. However, it was Armstrong that was the first to make his way down the lunar module ladder to step on the lunar surface and utter those famous words:
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
The Armstrong family issued this statement following the death of a true American hero:
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.
You will be missed!

Source: CBS News

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Mixed feelings
By danjw1 on 8/25/2012 6:30:57 PM , Rating: 3
I am saddened to see anyone that has achieved what he did pass. But, he was opposed to the commercialization of the US near space program. None of us like the fact that we can't currently send astronauts into space. But, we are getting to where companies will be able to do that. SpaceX, seems like they are the closest to getting there. Yet Armstrong, thought that NASA should be doing it, and specifically stated he didn't think SpaceX could do it safely. This without ever even visiting the company. The problem is that NASA doesn't do low cost, very well. At least not with manned space flight.

I believe it is a generational thing. He didn't see a place where NASA wasn't the big kid on the block for manned space flight. NASA needs to be looking beyond low earth orbit (LEO). Let companies get us back to to LEO.

RE: Mixed feelings
RE: Mixed feelings
By danjw1 on 8/25/2012 7:27:01 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, I guess that clarifies what he said, so it wasn't strictly what I had seen quoted. But, still he seems to think that the new kids on the block aren't ready. I just can't agree with that.

SpaceX, has been able to launch space craft safely at a lower cost, then any other space launch company in the world. It is about using modern technologies, instead of holding on to ancient systems.

I despise that NASA gave more money to Boeing then to SpaceX, even though Boeing hasn't gotten anything in on time or budget in decades. That seems more about the old boys network then any real expectation that Boeing will be able to deliver anything into space at anything resembling a reasonable cost.

RE: Mixed feelings
By Souka on 8/27/2012 2:43:48 PM , Rating: 2
First Michael Jackson dies.

Now Neil Armstrong dies.

Wow.. God really doesn't like Moonwalkers.

(joke I heard...)

RE: Mixed feelings
By drycrust3 on 8/25/2012 7:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that NASA doesn't do low cost, very well. At least not with manned space flight.

It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.
Alan Shepard

RE: Mixed feelings
By retrospooty on 8/26/2012 10:01:59 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, Alan Shepard shouldn't go into space via a private company.

RE: Mixed feelings
By Jeffk464 on 8/26/2012 10:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody does space at low cost.

RE: Mixed feelings
By RufusM on 8/27/2012 11:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
Low cost is a relative term depending on what the expected goal and outcome is. What's needed for the space program are programs with goals having a measurable ROI attached to them.

RE: Mixed feelings
By Argon18 on 8/27/2012 12:06:20 PM , Rating: 3
How do you measure the ROI on science? That's one of the huge benefits to NASA, is that they weren't focused on revenue, stock price, quarterly earnings, etc. They weren't trying to sell a product to anyone. NASA's goals are purely for the advancement of science and mankind. No corporation can make that claim.

Secondly, the knowledge gained and the manned space-flight inventions devised by NASA have always been made available to the public, and found their way into consumer products. Do you think a corporation is going to do that? Of course not. They'll be happy to patent it though, and license it to you for an appropriate fee. And then sue everyone else.

RE: Mixed feelings
By RufusM on 8/27/2012 2:27:33 PM , Rating: 2
It definitely takes work and some keen insight into the project and expected outcomes. I don't see why that's a bad thing and I don't think it's impossible or even impractical. Just like at home, or the office, it's important to know that dollars are being well spent. There are too many scientists that disregard the costs for their science projects, which may or may not have real value. Why should they at least not consider it?

RE: Mixed feelings
By nedsand on 8/28/2012 3:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget about the ROI on a generation of kids who had someone better than Britney Spears to look up to. I'm not saying SpaceX and the sorts will not create an inspirational hero but we seem to be lacking on this front right now.

RE: Mixed feelings
By Reclaimer77 on 8/25/2012 7:30:55 PM , Rating: 3
I can't hate him for his opinions. When he achieved what he did, the country was completely different. The Government worked differently.

As you get older you sorta get...stuck in your mindset on a lot of things.

RE: Mixed feelings
By Brandon Hill on 8/25/2012 7:56:15 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed. He earned the right to say whatever the hell he wants. And Buzz has the right to punch anyone he wants :)

RE: Mixed feelings
By Lord 666 on 8/25/2012 11:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
Missed a chance to meet him at a BSA event. Was definitely bummed about that.

However, I always wondered why Apollo 11 was the last space flight for the entire crew.

RE: Mixed feelings
By Brandon Hill on 8/25/2012 11:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
Because they went out on top. What more was there to accomplish at that point?

Until man sets foot on Mars, being the first man on the moon is pretty much unassailable.

RE: Mixed feelings
By B~ on 8/27/2012 4:24:52 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if he and how he ever came to peace with the fact that he was the first human (first organism from Earth, technically) to ever set foot on another heavenly body, which in my opinion is collectively mankind's greatest achievement. It's such a tremendous honour, when you consider that he was the one to do this when 108 billion people have been on this planet over the course of human history.

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