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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:11 am    Post subject: Neil Armstrong Reply with quote

A great cosmonaut. The Motherland would have been proud to have had him in her ranks.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19381098
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure they would have been very proud since they never put anything more complex than an answering machine on the surface of the moon (and let's not even mention Mars).

Here is Armstrong's last interview...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/aug/25/neil-armstrong-last-interview
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tut tut. Marring a thread with unnecessary jingoism.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember the time in which he excelled...a different world. Slightly different anyway.

Regardless, a few words of his, some whilst on the moon...

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I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street.

I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was highly regarded. On all sides of the divide of yesteryear.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Armstrong himself left a tribute on the surface of the moon, to Yuri Gagarin for his being the first human in space some 8 years earlier among other heroes of the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember staying up until the wee hours in the morning to watch him step onto the moon......history in the making........
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guy Courchesne wrote:
Indeed. Armstrong himself left a tribute on the surface of the moon, to Yuri Gagarin for his being the first human in space some 8 years earlier among other heroes of the time.


There is a story, how true is not clear, that Yuri was not the first man in space: more, the first man to come back alive. Lots of rumours that many other cosmonauts had been sent into orbit previously, but that they had died in the process. Given the almost total lack of media coverage when he was launched, there may be something to it...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Armstrong and all the others of his era were courageous to what now seems an impossible level....

he was a strong, clean, brave soul and earned true respect. I hope he's somewhere as beautiful as earth and its space now.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shame about the Tour de France titles. Sad


J/K, Neil Armstrong was The Greatest! Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Shame about the Tour de France titles.


comic Razz [/quote]
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
Guy Courchesne wrote:
Indeed. Armstrong himself left a tribute on the surface of the moon, to Yuri Gagarin for his being the first human in space some 8 years earlier among other heroes of the time.


There is a story, how true is not clear, that Yuri was not the first man in space: more, the first man to come back alive. Lots of rumours that many other cosmonauts had been sent into orbit previously, but that they had died in the process. Given the almost total lack of media coverage when he was launched, there may be something to it...


Given the times, this could be true. But I disagree on the idea of a lack of media coverage...quite the opposite. The hysteria of the cold war and Sputnik meant that there was a very intense public spotlight on everything space related, even if the idea of 'media coverage' back then is not what it is now (no Fox News then Wink ).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexey_Leonov

This cosmonaut barely survived after being the first to walk in space...I'll bet the soviets learned a thing or two on this mission. Leonov is an important figure in space history, actually...interesting to read further on him.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to correct you there Guy, but there was absolutely no public information about Yuri's flight until AFTER he landed. Maybe the Americans had some inkling of what was going on, but there was nothing about his launch in Soviet press beforehand, or in international press either. Heck, his own family didn't even know he was in the space programme.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a fairly decent documentary/drama about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B94ftc9UVA&feature=fvwrel
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, just for fun, the first melody to be sung in space:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkklAuUWr1U
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