A Salute To The First
Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission, the person who made history on July 20th 1969 and become to first humen to set foot on the moon, had died today at the age of 82.
This accomplished man was not only a NASA astronaut, but also a test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States naval aviator, and as a culmination - an inspiration to us all.
After serving in the US navy and graduating from the University of Southern California, Armstrong joined NASA in 1962. His first spaceflight was the NASA Gemini 8 mission in 1966. His second and last mission was the Apollo 11.
You can read all about his biography in NASA's page.
A lesson to be learned from all this is that hard, studios work combined with ambition, determination and down right unadulterated curiosity are key ingredients for success. While keeping that in mind, Armstrong's proudest moment could not have been reached without the exceptional work of engineers, physicists, mathematician, programmers, technicians and everyone else working day and night to bring about history.
Team SpaceIL has made it a personal goal to make as many kids as possible to look up at the moon in awe and exhilaration, thinking they could be part of some prodigious project where the moon is nothing more than a rest stop.
Here are Armstrong famous words upon descend:
-- Adi Mendelowitz