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August 28, 2012

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Jason, UK

Totally agree with your first paragraph. It most be bewildering to everyone involved in Apollo, let alone the rest of us, that 4 decades after Cernan left the surface of the Moon humans have neither taken any further steps or even retraced the 12 Moonwalkers'.

However much the Shuttle, ISS and unmanned missions impress in their own right, they just dont live up to Apollo.

It looks like it'll be the Chinese who get to the Moon next, hopefully whilst some of the pioneering astronauts are still with us.

RIP to all those no longer with us.

Patrick Gleeson

Well said Mark - a perfect summation of the man.

Mark Daymont

I felt the same way, I had a hard time thinking what I would post on my space blog (www.spacerubble.blogspot.com). I finally thought how interesting it was that it's Neil's name that kids remember most from the space program. And so I decided to post all the Apollo Moon astronauts names, by mission, so that the kids visiting the space education center where I work would know who they were. Neil would be the first to agree that he served with a whole team, and was not alone.

Brian

Well said, Mark. I live on the west coast and these pictures are making me put Ohio on my travel list so I can get to this museum.

Ralf Stinus

It is strange – and sad – that the first man to walk on the Moon is no longer amongst us. I am living in Denmark and first heard it on the news Saturday night, 25 August. It was in the news all of Sunday. The focus was very much on Neil’s famous words: …”one small step”. To me those of Neil’s words that are truly historic in the best possible sense are “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed”.

Last night I watched Neil and Buzz landing on the Moon again on Spacecraft Films brilliant Apollo 11 set. Following them down during those last 15 minutes, going through the program alarms, bad communication, passing the 3 minute mark early and so is just so incredible. And then the pause after Buzz’s “413 is in”. Then Neil comes on the air with his historic words. THAT is a truly great moment. Later he told writer Andrew Chaikin that “In my view, the emotional moment was the landing”. (Chaikin & Kohl: Voices from the Moon).

After watching the landing I went briefly outside. There was a full Moon. What could be more appropriate on the day that Neil Armstrong was laid to rest? Rest in peace, Neil.

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