NASA remembers Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on another world, one year after his death on Aug. 25, 2012 with help from Grammy-nominated Eric Brace and his original composition, "Tranquility Base."
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America and Americans believed in heroes back then. We were proud of the accomplishment, the scientific achievement, and the dedication, bravery, and intellect of the men (and few women) in the space program.
Now, the media would try to tear down someone like Armstrong. Conjure up stories for ratings, look for a "dark" side, a "hidden past", or--ironically--blame him for being "too boring" as the reason why space program funding was cut.
We need heroes now. Armstrong was one such man. Integrity to the max. As Robert Klein once put it, Armstrong could have set himself up for 26 lifetimes if the first words he uttered on the moon were "COCA-COLA!!!!" instead of what he said. He never cashed in on his fame. Became a professor and a tireless advocate for space exploration.
"Where have you gone, Joe Dimaggio..." ...and Neil Armstrong. We still need heroes.
If you've never been to the museum down south, it's worth the day trip. Small, but very cool.