Neil Armstrong died today at the age of 82. He was a giant who walked among us. He was the first of us to walk on the moon. He is the human face of what was likely the most unified and celebrated achievement of America during the past century. Yet he remained modest, still one of us.
In my day job, I support a lot of federal government agencies in the IT arena. I have always enjoyed the people of NASA when I get the chance to work with or around them. They remain a proud group, always on a mission. They are not paper pushers or clock watchers. They are Americans who still believe in pushing America to greatness. A few of my thoughts on them can be found here.
For those younger than me, we have always been a country that knew we could send a man into space. We just accept that we can walk on the moon. But for those older than me, there was a time when these things were in doubt. We weren’t sure if we could. We thought the Soviets might do it first.
We came together as a nation, made it a priority, and Mr. Armstrong took one small step as a giant leap for mankind. We were proud of ourselves as a country. That was a good thing.
Today, Neil Armstrong leaves our world on a much different journey. We are a better nation because of the time he was with us. Goodspeed sir, and well done.