Man on the Moon (1930-2012)

By Bryan • personal, random world, space • 26 Aug 2012

I was returning from a day in the mountains, chowing on a Tetsa River cinnamon/driving when the news flowed over the satellite radio that Neil Armstrong has passed away.  I’ve always been a fan of space exploration and had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Centre when I was in high school.  Some where I have some old disposable film camera photographs of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo 15 command module.  Most kids at some point in their childhood have an aspiration for becoming an astronaut/cosmonaut/taikonaut.

Earlier this month I went out of my way to watch the Mars Curiosity landing via a live NASA webcast.  I was impressed by the good mixture of youth and age within the landing team.  The ‘rock star’ flight director is apparently only 32 years old, and the average age of the entry, decent & landing team is 35.  It is still quite a bit above the average age of the Apollo team (28).  That said, I feel hat while many have mentioned the passing of Neil Armstrong is representative of an end of an era, I feel the legacy of that service will certainly live on.

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