Tribute to Neil Armstrong

by Tanya
Publish date
27 August 2012
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I was sad to hear the news yesterday that Neil Armstrong had passed away.

Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong in Apollo Lunar Module after his historic moonwalk in July 1969.
Source: NASA

It was just last week that I had been talking about the Apollo missions to a group of Grade 3 students. It was my son's class and they had asked me to talk about life on Mars. They were studying the idea that over time, living things need to adapt in order to survive, and so they were thinking about what people would need to live on Mars one day.

As we spoke about things like the need for water and oxygen, along with the differences between Mars and Earth, I asked if they'd ever seen what happened when the astronauts walked on the Moon. The group, including my son, looked at me blankly and I realised that they had never heard of the famous Moon landings.

So we checked out the NASA clips of Apollo 11's landing and those great action shots of astronauts bouncing around on the Moon due to its weak gravity. The kids were astounded!

spacecraft on Moon Photo of Apollo Lunar Module on the surface of the Moon with Armstrong's shadow in the foreground
Image: Neil Armstrong
Source: NASA

I was born just as the Apollo missions were coming to an end. Even so, it was always a part of my world. The Apollo astronauts were amazing men and my tribute to Neil Armstrong will be to make sure that young generations know of the incredible things he and his fellow astronauts did. May they always be an inspiration to all.


Statement from Armstrong Family (via

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Peter 8 September, 2012 16:19
Lovely story and sentiments Tanya. In all the recent tributes to Neil Armstrong one anecdote got me giggling and I still laugh every time I think about it. Neil was a very bad joke teller and hated public speaking. Whenever he really had to give a speech he always ended with a really lame Moon joke which only ever got a polite grunt from his audience. He responded by saying "Well I suppose you had to be there". I will always believe I was there, or at least watching the tele.
Lance Melbourne 2 May, 2013 16:13
A Navigator of Stranger Seas. Journeying beyond the world’s oceans and boundaries Neil Armstrong sets down the Eagle on the Sea of Tranquillity. An exploration of major consequence, and no less inspirational, in our time the late astronought joins the world’s greatest heroes of this or any other age and is first in the future. It has been said only those who shun fame are worthy of it. And so it was an uncommon Blue Moon which adorned his farewell from our life. On any clear evening as the moon shines bright, Cast your glance skyward towards this lunar light, Whether waxing or waning the crescent or disc, And even the quarters first through to last, Then consider for a moment an achievement past, Thus be revealed by heavenly glow, For the radiant moon never fails to show, Youth’s fabled tale we all longed to know............ Of the Man in the Moon. Please view a tribute to the late Neil Armstrong. Thank you for this opportunity,Lance Melbourne.
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