RIP Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the surface of the Moon, died today at the age of 82. The cause of death was from complications from heart bypass surgery which occurred earlier this month.

Neil Armstrong was a humble hero, who did not seek the limelight; and was always eager to praise those who shared in the efforts to land an American on the moon.

You will be sorely missed, Neil.  You were larger than life to those of us who grew up with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.

72 de Larry W2LJ
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Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

7 Responses to “RIP Neil Armstrong”

  • Karl, N7DMA:

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on that sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    God Speed, Neil.

  • Jan DK3LJ:

    Well said.

    Godspeed, Neil. As an explorer and scientist you were a role model not only to America but to all of humanity. May you rest in piece.

  • Larry Faehling KL7IBV:

    He is now on the greatest mission of all to experience the unknown. God’s speed, Neil Armstrong. God’s speed.

  • Mike KD8KZT:

    I wonder how many young people Neil inspired to enter the sciences.

  • Larry Faehling KL7IBV:

    Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

    Of sun-split clouds…and done a hundred things

    You have not dreamed of…wheeled and soared and swung

    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

    My eager craft through footless halls of air.

    Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

    I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

    The high untrespassed sanctity of space

    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    God’s speed brave explorer. God’s speed.

  • Garth, KF7ATL:

    Thanks for “High Flight” Larry. It is possibly my favorite poem.

    Neil was an inspiration to an entire generation of young people. The world is better for his having been here. He will be missed.

  • Colin GW3WSU:

    He was definately one of my “best” heroes!

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