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Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

Posted August 30, 2012 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta
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Neil Armstrong is best known for being the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. He died on August 25, 2012 at age 82. Armstrong lived a relatively private life after his career as an astronaut and once said, ""I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer."

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

08/30/2012 11:15 AM

Being able, and the first, to walk on a heavenly body with a gravitational field of 1.62ms-1 does not in itself make one an engineer, however mind-blowingly emotional and historical the event may have been. While clearly a laudible, historical and noteworthy event, some data regarding Armstrong's engineering activity would make appropriate reading in the context of this blog section.

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08/30/2012 12:14 PM

I thought about writing a bio but there is already so much information available, especially this week alone, that it seemed redundant. Do you not tell people to Google when they want to know more?

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08/30/2012 8:19 PM

Here's a Wiki tidbit:

"He was also an aerospace engineer, U.S. Navy pilot, test pilot, and university professor."

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Re: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

08/30/2012 11:20 PM

Does anyone else remember "Soft, like snow"?

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