Monday, August 27, 2012

Neil Armstrong was Amazing.

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.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Introverts unite!
Pilots are interesting people. That Armstrong could be humble is amazing, because a certain level of cockiness is required to pilot a plane, especially a fighter. (Been around them all my life, so I know!)

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Makes me think I should read "The Right Stuff" at some point. I wonder how annoyed he was with all those dumb conspiracy theorists who said he never actually walked on the moon?

E.J. Wesley said...

Lots of things we can take away from such a great man. I truly believe none of us are on a pedestal, and that we simply work within our circumstances. Opportunity allowed Armstrong a chance for a glorious life, and he seized it. I love that he refused to let it change him, and most importantly, how he treated others.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

He accomplished a lot. But he was also the right race to make those accomplishments. A black person in that time period could have never achieved those things no matter what he did or how talented he was.

Gina Gao said...

He has accomplished a lot in his life. I'm so sorry that he passed away because he was a man that truly revolutionized the world.

Jay Noel said...

That video gives me the chills. RIP Armstrong! A true American hero.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks for sharing this, Cindy. You've told me a lot more than I knew about him before.