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Buzz Aldrin’s official statement on the passing of Neil A. Armstrong

Buzz Aldrin’s official statement on the passing of Neil A. Armstrong
Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 mission commander

[From the website]

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, and space exploration companion, Neil Armstrong today. As Neil, Mike Collins and I trained together for our historic Apollo 11 Mission, we understood the many technical challenges we faced, as well as the importance and profound implications of this historic journey. We will now always be connected as the crew of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, yet for the many millions who witnessed that remarkable achievement for humankind, we were not alone.

Whenever I look at the moon I am reminded of that precious moment, over four decades ago, when Neil and I stood on the desolate, barren, yet beautiful, Sea of Tranquility, looking back at our brilliant blue planet Earth suspended in the darkness of space, I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone. Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by many millions of others from around the world in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew. My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a historic moment in human history.

I had truly hoped that on July 20th, 2019, Neil, Mike and I would be standing together to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our moon landing, as we also anticipated the continued expansion of humanity into space, that our small mission helped make possible. Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit.

On behalf of the Aldrin family, we extend our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire Armstrong family. I will miss my friend Neil as I know our fellow citizens and people around world will miss this foremost aviation and space pioneer.

May he Rest in Peace, and may his vision for our human destiny in space be his legacy.

–Buzz Aldrin

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  • Ravi Patrick Ratnala

    Well said, Buzz. I envy you, not only for your own supernatural accomplishments and experiences, but also for the fact that you knew this incredible engineer, scientist, pilot, explorer, and astronaut personally – and were able to call him “friend.” The world will miss this great American hero. I can only hope that the untimely passing of this humble and private legend will jostle the memories and curiosities of today’s youth, and that his legacy will inspire them; to serve the greater good – to endeavor to make the best they can of themselves – and to strive to accomplish the seemingly impossible. For myself, I can only say “thanks” to you, Neil, and so many others from that magical time in history who have likewise inspired me. I am eternally grateful to God for simply being able to live in a time when people like you and Neil shared the Earth with me. Godspeed, Commander Armstrong….

  • William Atwood

    Thank you for those very gracious and kind words. While we mourn Neil’s passing we cannot forget that you went down that ladder into history with him. Thank you or the pride that you and Neil brought to the United States. May you live a long and healthy life.

  • NidhoggRocketman

    Ten years from now, no one will remember Kim Kardashian.

    A thousand years from now, people will still remember Neil Armstrong.

  • Dustoff

    I’m sorry to say. O-dumber has to use this event to try and make himself look good.

    This guy is really sick.

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  • rdman_VietVet

    On another conservative site, Obama “honored” Neil Armstrong by posting a silhouette photo of “himself” (dumbo ears and all) looking toward a quarter moon.

    Shameless egotistical donkey’s arse… a horse’s arse is too good for this cretin!!

  • boogyoogyoogy

    I’m not so sure that he won’t be photo-shoped by the media into a hero of the revolution and homeland.

  • Patrick Gardner

    who is Kim Kardashian?

  • Gunny Mac

    Methinks you do diservice to the donky.

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  • WVF

    Mr. Aldrin, well said. I remember right where I was and just what I was doing. As an American, It was one of my most proudest moments. I would have given just about anything to be there with you guys, staring back at our beautiful blue Earth.

  • Midlandr

    Thank you Buzz. I was 11 years old that July day. I was sitting in front of my Uncles television in Martinsburg, WV.

  • Midlandr

    and evil.

  • Scott Cutter

    Thank you for your service, to your friend and our country.

  • Jay Are

    “Godspeed Neil Armstrong”