Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012
July 20, 1969. I was 5, and my father had just returned from Vietnam. He took me outside that night to see the Moon. It was not quite this full - 6 days instead of 8 as pictured here - but still stunning. A person was walking on the moon! The Apollo program had a huge impact on my childhood, and strongly influenced my choice of engineering as a career.
There will be plenty of tributes to Neil Armstrong today, but for me, it is enough to say that a giant of American history has passed.
I took this photo this evening in memory of Neil. May we honor his memory by continuing to explore the Universe.