A Humble American Hero

Our nation lost a hero this week.  The legendary Neil Armstrong passed away on Saturday at the age of 82.  Primarily known as the first person to walk on the moon; Armstrong also commanded the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.  His eminent words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, broadcast across America’s television sets in the summer of 1969, amazing the nation, and proving the impossible.  Armstrong created a sense of hope and triumph for the nation and continued to humbly embody these characteristics long after landing on the moon.  Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his accomplishments and his contributions to the space program.   One year after landing on the moon, Armstrong became NASA’s deputy associate administrator for aeronautics.  Later Armstrong accepted a teaching position at the University of Cincinnati in the department of Aerospace Engineering.   His accomplishments have made him an inspiration to many and many more to come.


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