Buzz Aldrin’s Official Statement on the Passing of Neil Armstrong

  • Aug 25, 2012
  • BuzzAldrin.com
  • By: Buzz Aldrin

I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, and space exploration companion, Neil Armstrong today. As Neil, Mike Collins and I trained together for our historic Apollo 11 Mission, we understood the many technical challenges we faced, as well as the importance and profound implications of this historic journey. We will now always be connected as the crew of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, yet for the many millions who witnessed that remarkable achievement for humankind, we were not alone.

Whenever I look at the moon I am reminded of that precious moment, over four decades ago, when Neil and I stood on the desolate, barren, yet beautiful, Sea of Tranquility, looking back at our brilliant blue planet Earth suspended in the darkness of space, I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone. Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by many millions of others from around the world in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew. My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a historic moment in human history.

I had truly hoped that on July 20th, 2019, Neil, Mike and I would be standing together to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our moon landing, as we also anticipated the continued expansion of humanity into space, that our small mission helped make possible. Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit.

On behalf of the Aldrin family, we extend our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire Armstrong family. I will miss my friend Neil as I know our fellow citizens and people around world will miss this foremost aviation and space pioneer.

May he Rest in Peace, and may his vision for our human destiny in space be his legacy.

BUZZ ALDRIN



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469 Responses to “Buzz Aldrin’s Official Statement on the Passing of Neil Armstrong”

  1. Mark A Evans says:

    Sorry to hear him pass on but he will be missed. I wished I could’ve met him. I saw the walk on the moon, followed the flight closely as most of the Apollos. I will always remember him–but I will also remember “Buzz Aldrin” as a favorite too; a genius and couldn’t pick a better man allongside Neil to walk on the moon.

  2. Christian Krueper says:

    Even my 3 year old son, Nik, nows about the story of Appollo 11. Whenever you ask him “Nik, who was the first human on the Moon”, he answers: “Nils Armstrong”.
    “Yes, but it was ‘Neil’ !”.
    “But Buzz was the guy just in his back” he replies,
    and further: “And Michael flown the can”.
    He is 3, and its more then 40 years ago. That shows the marvelousness weight of was you three did.

    With due respect and great admiration.
    Frankfurt, Germany

  3. James Francis says:

    Buzz, you, Neil, and Mike have always been my heroes. I was 22 years old and in the Navy stationed in Sanford Florida on that morning seeing you guys lift off. At night on a full moon I can stare at and try to imagine what it was like for you and Neil. Being an Engineer myself it still boggles my mind to think of all the systems that had to work at the precise time. Other than Jesus coming to earth, Apollo 11 is the greatest achievement in all mankind and will be for generations. I had hoped to meet you guys at sometime, and Neil is truly missed. I long for America to go into space again. God bless Buzz.

  4. Geoff Williams Commercial Pilot Australia says:

    Niel and Nasa achievements show us how we can achieve anyting for mankind, for me I was a young boy and he help inspired me to achieve my goal to become a commerical pilot. Everytime I look up at the moom I think of the day that captured the worlds imagination and how we can achieve anyting if we set our minds to it!

  5. Demetria Lopez says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Buzz. We’ll surely miss such a great man! I’ll always be amazed & fascinated by his wonderful achievements alongside you and Mike, as well as his humble & gracious disposition.
    He was certainly one of a kind.
    God Bless.x

  6. Mr.Joan Dalmau Juscafresa says:

    Thanks Mr. Aldrin for his contribution to let us know the enigmatic universe.De small television could see his achievement and I can never olvidarlo.Mucha health for you and your family and if you ever want to holiday in the Costa Brava in Catalonia has my humble home.Sorry for the english translation.

  7. Mark Maier says:

    I feel like I`m about to cry.

  8. Dana Luterick says:

    As we look to Mars for the next human landing around 2030 Neil will be with us as we set foot on Mars.
    Neil always said ” I was just lucky to be the first man”

  9. Adam Shepard says:

    I remember I was doing work outside of my house when I overheard the news over a neighbor’s radio. It was and is a strange feeling knowing that he’s gone especially since I had recently finished the only biography authorized by Neil. Neil was a remarkable man, as were and are all of the astronaughts from Mercury to Apollo. May he rest in peace.

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  11. Joseph B. Jackson says:

    Buzz, you are truly a great American.

  12. I am very sorry for we are doing neil armstrong in class. By the way I go to st collum kills.

  13. Kenneth says:

    I agree with Mark Evans; Aldrin is a genius and there could of been co better co-pilot on this mission.

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  17. Georges OGER says:

    Sir,
    Congratulation for your moving statement
    I was 10 years old when Neil and you walked on the moon.
    45 years after this, each time I am looking at the moon in the sky, I am thinking about the Apollo missions, the challenges you faced, the legendary calm with wich Neil landed the Lunar Module manually nearly running out of gas.
    I still admire the idea that for each mission set on the moon, all the astronauts returned safely
    I recently read an article about your camera: despite the fact there was no viewfinder and every picture was took manually, you took beautiful pictures.
    45 years after, nobody did it again: NASA set the bar very high.
    it seems we reach a peak at that time that nobody can challenge again anymore.
    May the achievement of Neil Armstrong and unhappy fallen astronaut (including russian comrades) to be considered as an example of courage for all future generations.
    Best Regards
    Georges OGER, France

  18. Jonathan says:

    Just found out my space hero, has already passed away. It is strange how someone who did something so big is gone. Now he is with God.

  19. Richard E. Rogers says:

    Neil seemed a fine man in what he did with that first step now things depend on the rest of mankind in how far we go. We can have peace if we want it. Neil set the bar high. It’s up to us to make it count. I would have liked to have met Neil Buzz and Mike and the others but my road didn’t take me there. Honored to write this.