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Salute To Neil Armstrong

Posted on | August 25, 2012 | 19 Comments

by Smitty

May Heaven rest Neil Armstrong. His secular immortality is assured. I’d just like to point out that, like the majority of astronauts, he was a Naval aviator. Navy: come for the service, stay for the chance to impact history. “I remain unvanquished,” indeed.

So, this November, remember: only one of the two candidates is likely to put America again on course to do something as sack-adelic as the Apollo program.

Neil Armstrong

Triumphantly treading titanium testicle territory ‘ternally


19 Responses to “Salute To Neil Armstrong”

  1. William T Quick
    August 25th, 2012 @ 7:43 pm


  2. Capt Pete
    August 25th, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    RIP – Go Navy

  3. smitty
    August 25th, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Op test SAT.

  4. Beto_Ochoa
    August 25th, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    That’s one small step in eternity,
    One giant leap in life

  5. JeffS
    August 25th, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    To quote another blog:

    “One last step for a great man.”

  6. dr kill
    August 25th, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    Is that the U S Navy you be braggin’ on? The one advertising itself as a global force for good? Bwwaaahahahahahaha

  7. Finrod Felagund
    August 25th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    A few years ago they put up a statue of Neil Armstrong outside one of the Engineering buildings at Purdue, his alma mater. Not Neil Armstrong the astronaut, Neil Armstrong the college geek; a statue of him how he looked back when he was an undergrad student at Purdue.

  8. Tennwriter
    August 25th, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    Five hundred years from now, if the Lord don’t come, the student of Twentieth Century History in his class is going to learn about three men. The Villain: Hitler. The Visionary: Tolkien. The Venturer: Armstrong.

  9. Garym
    August 25th, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    RIP to one of this country’s greatest and most humble of heros.

  10. Adjoran
    August 26th, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    Armstrong was one of three great men on that mission. By the chance of LEM design placement of the door, he was first to walk on the moon and gained immortality for that.

    But never forget that the real trick on that mission was up to Buzz Aldrin. He was entrusted to actually land a craft which had never been able to be tested in the conditions (because they didn’t exist anywhere else) on the moon safely, and fly back off it into orbit. A few ounces too much fuel used on landing might have doomed them to die on the surface.

    It was an awesome job by awesome men that demonstrated American exceptionalism in science and aerospace engineering.

    And don’t forget the loneliest man of all humanity while Armstrong and Aldrin explored the moon: Micheal Collins, command module pilot, orbiting the moon and waiting to see if his mates would be able to return with him.

    Jethro Tull wrote a song for him:

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  12. Laura Mulholland
    August 26th, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    So is it Neil or Neal? You’re using both and you shouldn’t be.

  13. smitty
    August 26th, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Hastily fixed. Thanks.

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  15. Bob Belvedere
    August 26th, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    I blame us having to deal with Neal Rauhauser.

  16. Red
    August 27th, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    Smitty! You are bad ass, you know that? I was totally thinking of this Police song and almost hoisted it up in a post in remembrance of Mr. Armstrong. Some linkage may be in order for you sir. Way to work the blog-fu! Go Navy, RIP Neil “Rocketman” Armstrong 😉

  17. Red
    August 27th, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    Sully not this post with that name good sir. Belve-don’t!

  18. Red
    August 27th, 2012 @ 11:05 am
  19. Dai Alanye
    August 27th, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    “When Armstrong noticed they were heading towards a landing area which he believed was unsafe, he took over manual control of the LM, and attempted to find an area which seemed safer, taking longer than expected, and longer than most simulations had taken.”

    Yep, Armstrong landed it. That’s what I recalled, and wiki agrees.

    Quite a straight arrow, that guy.