The first era of U.S. manned spaceflight ends, and we are the adults of this nation now. Armstrong and eleven other men visited the Moon, but those of us who were watching, as young as we might have been then, are the space generation.
If history gave him the singular role of unitary face and name representing the efforts of thousands of nameless engineers and scientists who built and launched those fuming, roaring black-and-white obelisks towards the stars, he earned it twofold.
I always told myself that if I ever had the chance to meet Neil Armstrong I wouldn't request an autograph or ask him any questions about his time in space -- I would just thank him for his service to our country.
Along with other pioneering astronauts, Neil Armstrong changed the way we look at moon and what we know about the mysterious orb. On August 31, a Blue Moon will occur -- the perfect time to honor the first man on the moon!
Two Armstrongs, two heroes. Both had dreams that others thought were impossible. Both faced negative odds that most would not bet against. Both tilted at windmills... but with diametrically opposite outcomes.
Neil Armstrong has shunned the spotlight, his natural shyness kept him far from the limelight. Yet none can doubt the power his legacy has had on the first space generation. We now look forward to the next generation of heroes to follow in his bold footsteps.