No music today.
I just now saw the headline that Neil Armstrong has died at 82. I haven’t read any of the stories yet, so I have no other information.
My dad was an aerospace engineer before he retired some years ago. He worked on Mercury and Apollo missions, though not the moon landing. He helped design the Space Shuttle (his specific area was the sleep stations, but I remember him coming home griping about “those damn heat shields,” so I think everyone got in the act on those at some point or another). He worked on a few other projects, including some early incarnations of the so-called “Star Wars” shield. So the death of an astronaut is news in a household that was essentially built on rocket ships.
It’s news everywhere. Neil Armstrong was a fine human being who did one of the most spectacular things anyone has ever done. I was just a baby when we landed on the moon, but I’m proud that I grew up in world where something like that was possible. Knowing what I know now about the universe and our solar system, Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon seems miraculous even now. Sure, we have hi-def pictures coming back from Mars and we just found the Higgs Boson. But we’ve got a footstep on the moon that says a human being walked on ground that wasn’t Earth. There were others after him, but Neil Armstrong got to be first.