Women in Aerospace remembers American hero, Neil A. Armstrong, spacecraft commander for Apollo 11 and the first of twelve people to set foot on the moon. Following his trip to the moon, Armstrong was Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979, and was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., from 1982 to 1992. He was an inspiration.
WIA President, Stephanie Schierholz said, “Neil Armstrong was the embodiment of a nation -- and humanity -- achieving an audacious goal. He wore it with grace, honor and humility.”
Armstrong passed away on August 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was 82 years old. For a full collection of imagery, statements and more information about Armstrong, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/armstrong_obit.html.
NASA ADMINISTRATOR STATEMENT ON NEIL ARMSTRONG'S DEATH
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.
"On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.
"Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
"As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero."
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