Sunday, 26 August 2012

Neil Armstrong Tribute

NASA Administrator Statement on Neil Armstrong's Death: 

WASHINGTON -- The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.

"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."

1 comment:

  1. Footfall sr 08/2012

    One step
    Crossing a threshold
    A choice

    A hard collective push
    Determining a pace

    In a new direction
    A better place

    One foot
    One person
    Taking the step
    For all of us

    Talented and modest
    One of us
    To show
    The best of us

    We know
    The forever fame
    And just one name
    One man’s

    The rest of us
    Chose the best
    For that one

    And beyond hope
    Heroic and epic scope

    Could have failed
    Having sailed so far
    But the best does indeed
    Step forward

    More than an actor
    An essential factor
    One with the skill
    And the will to
    Take that first

    Then the apt quote
    To the rapt masses
    And attention to task

    And asking all to share
    In the glare of fame
    Not just one name

    But yet that
    One foot
    One boot
    One man

    So long ago
    So long Neil
    So like a friend
    Just a signed photo
    At the end

    So much left unsaid
    So keenly aware of loss
    So sad
    Without another