Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away August 25 at the age of 82. He died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Many of us were watching when he stepped onto the lunar surface and declared, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

A few weeks later, St. Louiscon, the 1969 Worldcon, awarded Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins a Special Committee Award for “The Best Moon Landing Ever.” (I wasn’t in fandom yet, but some of you File 770 readers were there.)

And his moon walk was indirectly recognized as a Hugo-worthy performance when the  Apollo 11 television coverage won the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo in 1970.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

5 thoughts on “Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

  1. I think it’s at NASA in Houston. I know I’ve seen it in a Documentary a few years back.
    Chris

  2. Wow. It really is the future. The Men who went to the moon are becoming historical figures in books.

  3. That we did not do a follow-up Lunar Program in his lifetime is an indictment of every politician who has been in office since then.

  4. One of the few public appearances Armstrong made was at a Star Trek convention honoring James Doohan. He showed up because he was a Trek fan, especially of Doohan.

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