As a youngster, I was simply captivated by spaceflight and held spellbound by the grainy television pictures of those extraordinary astronauts, the bravest of pioneers, who ventured into outer space... and all the way to the Moon.
Yesterday, the first man to set foot on the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong, passed away at the age of 82.
The exploits of Messrs Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are so well known that they don’t really need to be repeated here... but if you want one piece of information that you may not have heard before, it is interesting to note that the three men who formed the Apollo XI crew were born within just 284 days back in 1930. Armstrong is the first of the trio to pass away... but his place in the history not only of space travel, but in the history of the world is forever secure.
In 1969, Neil Armstrong took mankind’s “giant leap”... he has now taken his final step. May he rest in peace.
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