NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dead at Age 82
August 25, 2012 4:36 PM
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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
, 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!
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RE: Mixed feelings
8/27/2012 12:06:20 PM
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
8/27/2012 2:27:33 PM
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
8/28/2012 3:19:10 PM
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.
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