Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Giant Leap for Mankind

He was the consummate test pilot. In those last eternal seconds as the LM descended, with the computer warning of errors and the fuel state approaching critical and the boulder field stretching out before them and the outcome quite seriously in doubt, he stayed cool and did what test pilots do, as well as anyone ever has.

It was then, even more than with the One Small Step, that Neil Armstrong won his place in history.

"Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying."
Neil A. Armstrong
First human to set foot on the surface of the Moon, 20 July 1969
Gone West, 25 August 2012

Photo: NASA/Science Photo Library

1 comment:

Gary said...

RIP Neil Armstrong