Neil Armstrong drew gasps of amazement when, in 1969, he and his crew of Apollo 11 were the first humans to ever land on another heavenly body other than earth. The impact of that moment for all of history cannot be understated!
I remember as a young boy playing with my favorite 8-track eating robot - 2XL. One of the tapes i had was a science tape that taught you about nature, space, and other neat things. On that tape, there was a copy of the actual recording of the infamous landing, and the first words uttered. "Once small step for man... one... giant leap... for mankind."
I played that part over and over, as i thought it was fascinating, and there is no question it has had a direct correlation to my career and work today.
"Neil Armstrong was a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job," his family said. "He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. ... He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits."
He died at the age of 82.