NBC News is reporting that Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday.
It all started with John F. Kennedy’s famous speech on September 12, 1962 when he proclaimed that we would go to the Moon by the end of the decade.
“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, ‘Because it is there.’ Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
-John F. Kennedy, Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962
Then just seven years later Neil Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news of “one giant leap for mankind.” He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
RIP to one of the most courageous citizens America has ever know. We look back at photos and a video of Neil at his finest.