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(MSNBC)   Space historian James Oberg recounts and debunks a few myths about Neil Armstrong   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 66
    More: Interesting, Neil Armstrong, Apollo program, co-pilot, debunking, Charles Lindbergh, amateur radio operators, myths, historians  
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2012-08-27 08:04:30 AM
He died without seeing several generations go back. That's probably the saddest thing.
 
2012-08-27 09:10:50 AM

smadge1: He died without seeing several generations go back. That's probably the saddest thing.


I just hope the last of those who left low orbit get to see us leave low earth orbit again. Which might not be until 2021 at the soonest.
 
2012-08-27 09:43:21 AM

The Gentleman Caller: Mr. President, Neil Armstrong deserves a state funeral with the highest honors.

With his family's consent, of course.


He definitely without a doubt does. And it will be a crime if he doesn't get one.
 
2012-08-27 10:04:34 AM

AndreMA: Obama ordered flags at Federal facilities to fly at half-mast for 4 (5?) days in the wake of the Sihk temple shootings. I'm waiting to see what he does now.


I hope someone, somewhere, punches you hard in the mouth. If not for cheaply, cravenly, passive-aggressively politicizing a thread about a hero, then for any of the myriad deserving things I'm sure an asshole like you does on a daily basis.
 
2012-08-27 10:12:18 AM
I've met a few astronauts. Glenn, Conrad, Grissom.

They are/were all cool people.

/learned to count backwards from 10 to 1 in perfect 1 second increments.
//can still do it today.
///never missed a single manned launch yet. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle.
/space rocks
 
2012-08-27 10:35:47 AM

Tanukis_Parachute: the heart beat thing was sort of weird. then again i was told that we only had so many orgasms in us. i've gone way.....past that number.


Some suggest 1.5 billion heartbeats in a lifetime.

Size Matters: The Hidden Mathematics of Life
 
2012-08-27 10:53:22 AM

cman: Here is a fact:

No TV network broke into their programming to announce his passing.

When someone can tell me how the fark that happened, then I will start to watch your shiatty shows again


Yeah! How dare he die on a weekend!
 
2012-08-27 12:00:11 PM

gshepnyc: AndreMA: Obama ordered flags at Federal facilities to fly at half-mast for 4 (5?) days in the wake of the Sihk temple shootings. I'm waiting to see what he does now.

I hope someone, somewhere, punches you hard in the mouth. If not for cheaply, cravenly, passive-aggressively politicizing a thread about a hero, then for any of the myriad deserving things I'm sure an asshole like you does on a daily basis.


Well, it certainly wouldn't be Aldrin delivering that hypothetical punch, given his advocacy for manned Mars exploration.

This is a thread about myths surrounding a hero and I can think of no better place to mention Armstrong's own dissatisfaction with the current administration. While Armstrong spent most of his post-Apollo life trying to avoid the public spotlight, he himself came forward with others to criticize Obama's lack of vision.

Washington Post:
The old space hands aren't buying it. From Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, to the last astronaut to leave his footprints there, many Apollo-era space veterans are upset. They especially don't like President Obama's cancellation of President George W. Bush's goal of getting to Mars after returning to the moon. They accuse Mr. Obama of abandoning American leadership in space to the Chinese and Russians.


As I mentioned above, Romney is no prize either. But guess what? He's not currently President and can't order the flags lowered in respect for someone we all agree is a hero.

/Why do you want to cede leadership to the Russians and Chinese?
//Not serious, but that's the level of irrationality I'm seeing in you.
 
2012-08-27 12:04:19 PM
Did you not read the Augustine Commission's verdict on Constellation, fool?
 
2012-08-27 12:09:40 PM
Oh gods I wasn't calling OBERG a fool. I would not dare to do such a thing.
 
2012-08-27 12:58:14 PM

Kittypie070: Oh gods I wasn't calling OBERG a fool. I would not dare to do such a thing.


Right idea at least, Constellation was a boondoggle. SLS is probably a boondoggle too.
 
2012-08-27 02:31:54 PM

Kittypie070: Did you not read the Augustine Commission's verdict on Constellation, fool?


If that was directed at me, I was speaking of no longer having manned Mars exploration as our ultimate goal, not any particular hardware.
 
2012-08-27 07:19:13 PM
AndreMA 2012-08-27 02:31:54 PM


Kittypie070: Did you not read the Augustine Commission's verdict on Constellation, fool?

If that was directed at me, I was speaking of no longer having manned Mars exploration as our ultimate goal, not any particular hardware.


Yeah, I was.

I've had time to chill out and I should not have called you a fool.

My apologies.
 
2012-08-27 07:26:01 PM

Kittypie070: AndreMA 2012-08-27 02:31:54 PM


Kittypie070: Did you not read the Augustine Commission's verdict on Constellation, fool?

If that was directed at me, I was speaking of no longer having manned Mars exploration as our ultimate goal, not any particular hardware.

Yeah, I was.

I've had time to chill out and I should not have called you a fool.

My apologies.


Thank you. It takes some large titanium balls (or ovaries, as the case may be) to admit error on Fark. I salute you.

And it now appears that Obama has ordered flags to half mast on Friday.
 
2012-08-27 11:26:48 PM

studebaker hoch: Kids today think the first man to walk on the Moon was "Michael Jackson"


I would hazard a guess that most kids today have no idea who Michael Jackson was. He was last relevant probably a decade ago.
 
2012-08-28 02:19:22 AM
AndreMA 2012-08-27 07:26:01 PM


Kittypie070: AndreMA 2012-08-27 02:31:54 PM


Kittypie070: Did you not read the Augustine Commission's verdict on Constellation, fool?

If that was directed at me, I was speaking of no longer having manned Mars exploration as our ultimate goal, not any particular hardware.

Yeah, I was.

I've had time to chill out and I should not have called you a fool.

My apologies.


Thank you. It takes some large titanium balls (or ovaries, as the case may be) to admit error on Fark. I salute you.

And it now appears that Obama has ordered flags to half mast on Friday.


Good!

Now mind ya if it was me ordering the lowering of the flags it'd be for at least a week.
But I'm space nutter like that. :3
 
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