Neil Armstrong, World's First Moonwalker, Passes Away

While space and intergalactic travel may not be our typical beat, there's no denying the impact of Neil Armstrong on the world of technology. The fact is, technology is one of the main drivers of all space operations, and without an incredible amount of the stuff, no spaceship would have ever left our atmosphere. Unfortunately, Mr. Armstrong passed away this week, leaving behind a legacy that will never fade. The man has already made history books, and that's most certainly where he will remain. Neil is best known as being the first man to ever walk on the moon, and his passing at the page of 82 is certainly a tough one to swallow in the wake of the incredible success of Mars Rover Curiosity. Without Neil's success, it's hard to say if things like Curiosity would have ever stood a chance.

According to NBC, which extracted a statement from his family, his death following "complications from heart-bypass surgery he underwent this month." It's a sad weekend in the space and science community, and it seems fitting to simply end with the quote that'll live forever as Neil's own: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969.

Via:  NBC
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