A piece of history passes on…

The man who epitomised what is arguably the greatest achievement in human history so far has died at the age of 82 after complications following heart surgery.
Neil Armstrong was the natural selection for commander of the Apollo 11 mission for many reasons. A consummate pilot, he saved the lives of himself and his co-pilot when Gemini 8 went spinning out of control. During a test flight of the ‘flying bedstead’ – a test rig designed to simulate the lunar lander – Armstrong ejected when a malfunction caused the rig to explode, amazing everyone with his reaction times. And, of course, he was a civilian.
There are a few memorable moments in the moon landing. One of my favourites is when flying over the Sea of Tranquillity with 20 seconds of fuel remaining, we hear the famous remark “Any time now would be real good for a landing!”
But my favourite story is one that the second man to set foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, used to tell on the dinner circuit :
“Neil was a young lad playing on the porch of his parents’ home in Ohio when he heard his neighbours arguing.
“Mrs Gorsky screamed at her husband ‘Oral sex! Oral sex you want? You’ll get oral sex from me the day that kid next door walks on the moon!
“Listen carefully to what Neil says as he steps onto the lunar surface. Never mind one small step, he mutters as he steps off the pad ‘Good luck Mr Gorsky!’ “
I’ve no idea if it’s true, but it’s just human enough to be…
Someone once asked Armstrong why? He replied “I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul – we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”
Oh – and anyone who still thinks that it was all fake and never really happened must have moon rocks in his head!


3 responses to “A piece of history passes on…

  1. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were heroes in that they really did something that noone had ever done before, in the recorded hsitory of mankind. It's true that there were thousands of technicians, engineers and assorted 'geeks' who enabled them to go to the moon, but they were the ones who went there. No one mentions the shipwrights, sailmakers and capenteres when Drake navigated the globe or Cook discovered Australia – befause, although extremely important in the buold up, they didn't make the actual journey. From Aldrin's comment that the landing rocket switch broke and they had just seconds to avoid disaster before using a pen cap as a make-shift switch to Michael Collins' remark that when his capsule went around the dark side of the moon he felt like the lonliest man ever in creation. Others followed, but they were the pioneers and they set an example for the youth of today which has never been bettered.Penseivat

  2. Sorrry about the spelling mistakes – Shiraz has that effect I'm afraid!Penseivat

  3. Nicely put. We bang on about the Olympic 'heroes' and how they will inspire a generation – but these guys really put that sort of bullshit into perspective in my view.Know what you mean about the Shiraz – although with me it's Sauvignon Blanc!