Neil Armstrong (5 August 1930 – 25 August 2012)

Neil Armstrong (5 August 1930 – 25 August 2012)

Earlier this morning (Philippine time) at around 3 AM, when I was browsing the internet and supposedly around to sleep, I saw a news through NBC that Neil Armstrong, the first man who stepped on the Moon, died due to complications from blocked coronary arteries in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His achievements in human history of being the first man who stepped on the Moon was really unprecedented, he and the other 11 Apollo astronauts changed the notion of the history back then that it would be an impossible for a man to step on the Moon and Neil and other 11 astronauts defied it. Their missions on the Moon gave us a further knowledge about the historical relationship between the Earth and the Moon as we cannot alive by now without the latter.

Beyond his astronautical career, he maintained his down-to-earth attitude and never filtered himself into politics or Hollywood compared to other Apollo astronauts like Harrison Schmitt, who ran and served as US Senator of New Mexico or his colleague in Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin who appeared in the flim, Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

On behalf of myself, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Armstrong family on the passing of Neil. As long as I am alive, I would remember him a person who beat the odds and impossibilities of history that no man can walk in other celestial bodies like Moon. He was not just an icon of America but also the humankind as he taught the entire world that no things are impossible.

Let’s watch again the first words of Neil Armstrong within the lunar surface: