Big Bang Science NewsSeptember 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
Tags: buzz aldrin, gene cernan, john glenn, michael collins, nasa, Neil Armstrong
Today NASA honored Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral, and the first man on the moon was remembered for his “Courage, Grace and Humility”. Armstrong’s fellow Apollo 11 crewmates, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin attended, as well as the first American to orbit the earth, John Glenn. Fellow Apollo program astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, paid tribute to Neil Armstrong. Cernan’s tribute included the following:
“He knew who he was and he understood the immensity of what he had done. Yet Neil was always willing to give of himself,” said Cernan, who told of trips that he, Armstrong and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell made to visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Those young men and women, who had yet to be born when Neil walked on the moon, greeted him with enthusiasm,” said Cernan. “They asked him, ‘Why are you here?’ Neil’s honest and thoughtful reply was, ‘Because you are here’.”
For more coverage of the Memorial to Armstrong continue reading here on the NASA website.
Space Window: On July 21, 1974 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins presented a small moon rock from the Sea of Tranquility to the National Cathedral in a ceremony commemorating the fifth anniversary of their historic lunar landing. That rock is now encased in a stained glass window designed by St. Louis artist Rodney Winfield. The rock was sealed in a nitrogen environment to prevent any deterioration.
For a visual guide of Neil Armstrong’s career visit the NASA photo gallery here.