RIP Neil Armstrong — Fellow Astronauts Mourn His Death
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away this weekend from complications caused by recent heart surgery. He was 82 years old.
Armstrong was a quiet, modest man, whose accomplishments he always regarded as simply doing his job. Regardless, most view him as one of the greatest heroes in history.
Many astronauts have credited Armstrong with being their inspiration, and have taken to Twitter to express how much his contributions to history have affected them.
I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning Neil’s passing – a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) August 25, 2012
I’m sad. Neil Armstrong, 1st on Moon, incredible astronaut, fantastic person has passed away. I was very impressed the few times I met him. — Christer (@CFuglesang) August 25, 2012
— Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) August 26, 2012
The astronaut family lost many this year, but each member contributed and lived so fully that ALL of the world has gained.
— Dorothy Lindenburger (@AstroDot) August 26, 2012