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Neil Armstrong’s Death Is Noted Around The World

Astronaut Neil Armstrong died this afternoon.

Above is the front page of the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch from the day after the first moon landing in 1969.

Here is the Associated Press obituary of Mr. Armstrong from the Observer-Dispatch.

Here are facts about the moon from National Geographic.

Here is the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. 

Wapakoneta was Mr. Armstrong’s hometown. I visited this museum nearly 30 years ago and I recall that it was pretty good.

This death is news around the world.

Here is the report from the BBC.

Here is the report from Al Jazeera. 

Here is the news of  Mr. Armstrong’s death in French from Le Monde.

Here–in English–is Mr. Armstrong’s death as reported by the Chinese news agency Xinhua. 

Here is the report from the New York Times.

Here is an obituary and other links about Mr. Armstrong from NASA.

There are few figures known all around the world.

Mr. Armstrong’s death is a loss for the United States.

More significantly, his death is a global loss for a world that shared the moment of the first moon landing 43 years ago.

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Moon Landing Anniversary

July 20, 2008 is the 39th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon.

Above is a picture of Neil Armstrong climbing down the ladder to take the first steps on the moon.

First Man—The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen is a good biography. It will tell you all you need to know about Mr. Armstrong.

I do not favor a return trip to the moon or a trip to Mars. I think a more impressive achievement would be to deal with climate warming here on Earth and ongoing problems of hunger and disease.

If there are to be additional trips to the moon and beyond, I feel they should be international with the costs spread out.  

On the other hand, unmanned probes to the planets and to explore space seem worth the cost. It is of both sufficient practical and abstract value to have knowledge of what is out in space.

Here is information about the moon.

Here is information about both manned and unmanned past NASA missions.   

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