Neil Armstrong, astronaut, dies at age 82

Neil Armstrong, AstronautIt is with great sadness that the Babylon Podcast shares the news of Neil Armstrong’s passing on Saturday, August 25, 2012. A good, brief write-up about Neil can be found at Spaceflight Now.

His family released a statement, which reads in part, “”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.”

If you happen to be near Wapakoneta, Ohio, visit the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum. It is filled with artifacts and memorabilia from Neil’s entire life, and will give you a good sense of all the accomplishments he achieved before and after his One Small Step. I’ve visited, and it’s well-worth the trip.

For me, I will always remember sitting in a Howard Johnson’s motel stopover during a long family car trip, and watching Neil take that historic step, and the sense that the entire world had stopped to witness the greatest adventure ever.


  1. http://Neil%20Ottenstein says

    He was the first famous Neil that I had ever heard about. That was a couple of months before we moved from Bethesda, MD to Darien, CT. I remember all the excitement about it when we started school that year.