Yesterday I found out Neil Armstrong passed away. I find the details of his life inspiring in more than one way.
1. He was the first man to walk on the moon and of course he said those famous words. “That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”
2. He was cool under pressure of all kinds.
3. He was a test pilot.
4. Flew fighter jets in Korea.
5. He managed to avoid landing in boulders as fuel was running low.
6. He always gave credit to everyone involved in the project.
Neil ended up teaching engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979 and also was on the commission that investigated the 1986 loss of the space shuttle Challenger. He was quiet person who basically lived a quiet life in Ohio. However, he was disappointed in the cut backs in the space program. I tend to agree. I think it would be amazing to see a flight to the moon. Wouldn’t it be great to have a space station on the moon? I realize with our economy the cost can't be justified.
One reason he is interesting is because I have some pilot characters and I always find it amazing what these men have to go through to become astronauts. However, the main reason he is inspiring to me is because I’m also a quiet person. He’s proof that introverts can accomplish great things. We just have to be smarter and worker harder than everyone else. Yes, I'm joking, even though I do feel that way frequently.
And now here is the lift off of Apollo 11.