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Armstrong mourned by Aldrin

2012-08-26 08:16

Washington - US astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 comrades Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins paid tribute to their late commander's talent and accomplishments on Saturday, noting that they would miss him.

"Whenever I look at the moon, it reminds me of the moment over four decades ago when I realised that even though we were farther away from Earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone," Aldrin said in a statement.

"Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew."

Armstrong's family announced on Saturday that the space pioneer had died of complications following cardiovascular surgery. He was 82.

Aldrin said he had hoped that he, Armstrong and Collins would have met up in 2019 for celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

"Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit," he added.

"I will miss my friend Neil as I know our fellow citizens and people around the world will miss this foremost aviation and space pioneer."

Collins, in a statement released by a Nasa spokesperson, said of Armstrong: "He was the best, and I will miss him terribly."

John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, said Armstrong "truly was a person who dared greatly."

Speaking to CNN, he recalled Armstrong's legendary humility.

"He didn't feel that he should be out huckstering himself or anything like that and he just remained true to the principles he grew up with," said Glenn, a former Ohio senator.

"He was a humble person, and that's the way he remained after his lunar flight, as well as before."

Comments
  • slick.hounder - 2012-08-26 09:47

    FROM ONE PILOT TO ANOTHER. THANK YOU FOR 31 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP. RIP DEAR FRIEND. MAY YOU SOAR ON WINGS OF EAGLES AND MAY YOUR LANDING BE SOFT WHEREVER YOU MAY LAND. AS IS SAID... AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU.

      d4zza - 2012-08-26 10:31

      why are you shouting?

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-26 11:45

      Shouting?? ........just capital letters

      slick.hounder - 2012-08-26 23:02

      @ D4... ONE DAY WHEN YOUR EYESIGHT BEGINS TO FAIL YOU, YOU TOO MAY HAVE TO USE CAPS FONT,... THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPLIMENT, DEAR OBNOXIOUS PERSON.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2012-08-26 09:53

    RIP

  • osiris.friend.5 - 2012-08-26 10:45

    inspired every student across the globe...from a rural village to the most technologically advanced city....RIP

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-08-26 10:58

    Rip Neil Armstrong

  • merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-08-26 11:05

    Thanks for giving such an adventure and opening up a new world to a 7 year old, all those years ago. A brilliant life you have had.

  • raulcharliebravo - 2012-08-26 11:26

    I remember the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon.I will never forget that day. As a child, I stayed awake glued to the tv to watch Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. There were no videos or dvd´s those days so I audio recorded the communication exchanged between the astronauts and NASA.For those ones who live on denial and prefer to believe in a Conspiracy Theory - shame on you.WAKE UP! Neil Armstrong we will always remember you. RIP

  • bryan.culross - 2012-08-26 12:02

    He did remain humble .... if it was someone from today's generation they would have commercialised their acomplishment to the absolute extreme ... from after-shaves, to toy dolls, t-shirts and goodness knows what else ... thereby tarnishing the beauty and awesomeness of their feat.

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