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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19381098

    US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, US media report.

    Earlier this month he had surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

    He set foot on the Moon on 20 July 1969, famously describing the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind".

    Armstrong, along with three other astronauts, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award, last November.

    He was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. He and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon.
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    Purdue alum, as I'm sure you all know (hey, can't blame us for talking the dude up). Think about the balls he and the other Apollo guys had to have. Going to the friggin moon, real space travel, on 60s technology. We've lost two Shuttles since and "all" they do is Earth orbit. Other than the moon landing what's the last positive event that everyone who lived through it remembers exactly where they were?

    Here's his statue today in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering


    When you look up at the moon tonight give Neil a shout out.

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    Other than the moon landing what's the last positive event that everyone who lived through it remembers exactly where they were?
    Fall of the Berlin Wall?
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    Fall of the Berlin Wall?
    Yeah, that's a good one. Obviously not the same scale of viewers, but I (vaguely) remember sitting in my living room at 5 years old watching East & West Germans dancing on top of it, specifically a guy in a black jacket swinging a sledgehammer.

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    Another Purdue alum here

    One small loss for man
    One Giant loss for mankind

    RIP Mr Armstrong

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    I'm surprised this story isn't bigger than it is.

    I don't know if Neil's understated nature was perfect for the role of first man to walk on the moon, or if ultimately it hurt NASA and the program not having someone who was more of a cheerleader and didn't step back from the limelight quite so easily.

    What a tremendous accomplishment the event was in the history of exploration and science and Neil Armstrong was the face of it. We lived at a time with someone who achieved a major first for mankind.
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    I was amazed that today at school there was no mention of this. When I asked my daughter who he was she said that she didn't know. After a half of an hour on the computer showing her some different things she is now gonna ask her teacher tomorrow.

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    This nugget was at the bottom of Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback Column this morning.

    As that wise owl Brian Hyland texted me after seeing the front page of the New York Daily News (with Neil Armstrong's photo and tribute, and this headline above it about "Snooki'' going into labor: "Cameras roll for Jersey's little meatball"), "I think if Neil Armstrong knew that when he passed he'd have to share the front page with a person called 'Snooki' he would have stayed up there."

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz24oHIWYv6


    How in the bloody blue hell can a newspaper put "news" about some Jersey gutter skank's baby above Neil Armstrong?


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    He'd have preferred to not be on the frontpage at all. Think about it, we all know Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Ever seen him do anything of monetary value off it? If you know of one it'd be the first I've heard of.

    Dude was the first person to walk on the moon. And saw no point in capitalizing on it. Think about that.

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    He'd have preferred to not be on the frontpage at all.
    I agree, from everything we know about him that this is probably true. However, if you decide to run a tribute to one of the greatest and bravest Americans who ever lived, you should do it right.

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    I went to Neil A. Armstrong Elementary School for 4th and part of 5th grade.
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    I'm still shocked at the overall lack of coverage of his passing. Anyone old enough to remember the moon landing knows this was HUGE. It was a moment to be proud of (and awed by) not only as Americans but simply as human beings watching history being made.

    To learn this man has passed, and thus history and the world has turned a page, and then for it not to be a bigger news story than it's been just shocks me. It also appalls me.

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