RIP Neil Armstrong

RIP US Astronaut Neil Armstrong after Landing on the Monn in 1969

Neil Armstrong, US-Astronaut und erster Mensch auf dem Mond, ist gestern nachmittag im Alter von 82 Jahren an den Folgen einer Herzoperation gestorben. Das Bild oben zeigt ihn kurz nach den ersten Schritten auf dem Mond zurück in der Kapsel von Apollo 11 auf einem Foto von Buzz Aldrin.

Passende Worte für Armstrong fand einst William Safire in einer vorbereiteten Rede für den damaligen Präsidenten Nixon im Falle eines Scheiterns der Apollo-Mission:

He will be mourned by his families and friends; he will be mourned by his nation; he will be mourned by the people of the world; he will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send one of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in his death, he binds more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But he was the first, and he will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

First Footprint on the Moon

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