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Neil Armstrong Passes Away

August 27th, 2012 by G.

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August 27th, 2012 08:54:46

August 27, 2012

I heard something on the radio this morning that made me appreciate how heroic the moonshot really was.

Apparently their lives depended on a rocket firing as it should, meaning the rocket engine that would lift the capsule from the moon’s surface and get it back out into space and headed back towards earth.

There was no backup plan. If the thing failed for whatever reason, they were stranded on the moon with no way of being retrieved. Of course the rocket was tested over and over, nevertheless there was no guarantee it was going to work when it needed to. I heard that a speech had been written for President Nixon to read should the rocket have failed to fire.

It really was a courageous thing.

John Mansfield
August 27, 2012

Armstrong was a bit different. The astronauts were all good at the tasks they did, but he came at it from a different angle, someone who was a fighter pilot and then X-15 pilot as a path to having a role in aeronautic engineering, rather than an alpha dog learning what he had to to keep flying the fastest machine available.

I had a neat cubmaster minute some years ago about 15-year-old Neil Armstrong saving wages from stocking grocery shelves until he had enough to hitch a ride out of town for another flying lesson, not knowing what those lessons would prepare him for because flying to the moon wasn’t anyone’s plan yet.

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