Wandering Off the Trail: 00°41′15″N, 23°26′00″E
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
~ Neil Armstrong, July 20th, 1969
Those of you who’ve read this post know the impact the space program has had on my life, and how highly I value the important and exciting work done by the good people at NASA. That is why it was with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. What I most appreciated about Mr. Armstrong is best represented by one of his own quotes…
“I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer.”
Mr. Armstrong never sought celebrity, fame or fortune for his accomplishments – just the opposite, in fact, as he studiously avoided the spotlight in the years that followed the Apollo 11 mission. As great as his accomplishments may be, I will remember him equally for his dignity and humility. He only ever wanted to be what he was – a pilot, engineer, teacher, and an explorer of new worlds. That was enough for Mr. Armstrong, and what a life it was.
For those looking for a way to remember Mr. Armstrong, his family has asked that we “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.”