Another hero of the First Space Age has died. Astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong has passed away after complications of heart surgery. I was only 16 when he took his first footstep onto the Moon, but he was one of those people who remained a hero to me throughout my life. He symbolizes not just that first step, but the state of our space exploration dreams as they were back then. His footsteps should be leading us forward and I hope that they will. In the meantime, take to heart these words from his family:
“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.”
Mr. Armstrong, here’s to ya, lad!