Former Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dead
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon has died. Recent reports say Armstrong had heart-bypass surgery earlier in August. He suffered from blocked coronary arteries.
The former U.S. Astronaut commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. That mission garnered the famous phrase, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Carol Iorg says he will never forget Armstrong’s walk on the moon.
“I was in college then and we were at a relatives house,” he said. “For several days after that several countries were congratulating the united states highly on this major achievement.”
Iorg is the president of the Astronomical League with more than 15,000 members focused on the sky. He remembers when then President Kennedy said that the United States would go to the moon within the decade.
“It didn’t seem realistic that it we could make it happen..like a dream, and then congress put some money behind it and went along with and it happened,” Iorg said.
Iorg says he’s very saddened by Armstrong’s death.
“I am very disappointed because he has been very giant in space and our country,”
Even though the astronaut was only on the moon’s surface for 2 and a half hours, it’s a trip that will be remembered forever.
Armstrong was 82-years-old.