25 Aug Buzz Aldrin’s Official Statement on the Passing of Neil Armstrong
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.
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Eduardo CarvalhoPosted at 04:01h, 26 May
I was 5 on July 20, 1969. Did not see the “small step…” live.
But for sure Neil will be in everybody mind when we step on next celestial body.
Juegos multijugadorPosted at 15:52h, 29 July
Gracias a los avances de la tecnología y la ciencia, cada vez estamos más cerca de conquistar no solo la luna, sino también otros planetas. Algo que será beneficioso para la humanidad. Con respecto a la llegada del hombre, y pese a los rumores sobre la veracidad, creo que fue un hito único en la historia de la humanidad.
Esther SmithPosted at 19:56h, 21 July
Everybody Love them !
Esther SmithPosted at 19:55h, 21 July
Esther SmithPosted at 19:54h, 21 July
Always admired them. Great courage to take that trip. They live in every heart. Thank God for the Science !
arnold scholtePosted at 15:02h, 14 March
In 1969 i was a small boy 6 years old.
On a black and white Duth TV we saw you guys doing your most tremendous, beautiful en heroic job.
I remember that often. You’re my heroes for ever !
Malcolm McNuttPosted at 17:11h, 25 June
Being allowed to attend course work by Neil Armstrong at the University of Cincinnati is the highlight of my life. Such understanding and the best role model. Tried to follow in Naval aviation and later engineering. Such endeavors tough me how great your sussesses really are. His passing was the second sadeest day of my life.
Richard E. RogersPosted at 10:13h, 19 July
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.
JonathanPosted at 20:37h, 27 February
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.
Georges OGERPosted at 14:46h, 12 February
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.
Georges OGER, France
Serbie MichelPosted at 03:28h, 06 February
J’ai eu l’occasion de filmer Monsieur Buzz Aldrin lors de sa venue à l’Université de Strasbourg en 1989. je dispose de ces documents et malgré les années passées ces documents sont d’une excellente qualité. L’interwiev dure 120 minutes y compris sa conférence.Si cela intéresse je peut les mettre à disposition
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KennethPosted at 10:15h, 14 October
I agree with Mark Evans; Aldrin is a genius and there could of been co better co-pilot on this mission.
george alsortPosted at 09:55h, 02 October
I am very sorry for we are doing neil armstrong in class. By the way I go to st collum kills.
Joseph B. JacksonPosted at 20:08h, 10 September
Buzz, you are truly a great American.
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Adam ShepardPosted at 15:47h, 24 March
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.
Dana LuterickPosted at 19:38h, 11 March
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”
Mark MaierPosted at 18:43h, 06 March
I feel like I`m about to cry.
Mr.Joan Dalmau JuscafresaPosted at 10:56h, 05 February
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.
Demetria LopezPosted at 16:32h, 04 February
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.
Geoff Williams Commercial Pilot AustraliaPosted at 05:27h, 03 February
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!
James FrancisPosted at 07:18h, 18 November
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.