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Discussion in 'The OT' started by SayWhat?, Aug 25, 2012.
Hero, yes. But my kids don't know who he is. =(
A true story, one that has been passed around and also I had forgotten about until a friend of mine at NASA sent it out a couple of days ago. R.I.P. Neil Armstrong
IN CASE YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW THIS LITTLE TIDBIT OF TRIVIA, ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON.
HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND," WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.*
BUT JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK - "GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY".
MANY PEOPLE AT NASA THOUGHT IT WAS A CASUAL REMARK COCERNING SOME RIVAL SOVIET COSMONAUT.
HOWEVER, UPON CHECKING, THERE WAS NO GORSKY IN EITHER THE
RUSSIAN OR AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAMS.
OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE -'GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY' - STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED.
ON JULY 5, 1995, IN TAMPA BAY , FLORIDA , WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOLLOWING A SPEECH, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION TO ARMSTRONG. THIS TIME HE FINALLY RESPONDED.
MR. GORSKY HAD DIED, SO NEIL ARMSTRONG FELT HE COULD NOW ANSWER THE QUESTION.
IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID IN A SMALL MID-WESTERN TOWN , HE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND IN THE BACKYARD.
HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOR'S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW.
HIS NEIGHBORS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY. AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY - "SEX! YOU WANT SEX?! YOU'LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON !"
Great story, but not a true story. Sorry.
A public memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral at 10am on September 13. The event will be broadcast on NASA TV, as well as streamed.
There is also the possibility of being able to go to the service, but reservations must be made with NASA ahead of time, and space is very limited.
The reports are that he will be buried at sea.
If James Doohan can be "buried" by launching his ashes into space, surely they can do the same for Armstrong. First man to walk on the moon, first one to be buried there, too. I don't think it would take much. Send a small rocket containing his ashes up on the next ISS supply ship and have the crew point it at the moon.
Mr Armstrong being a former Navy pilot likely wanted a sea burial. He has already been to space.
Right, it was his wish. The Navy will be handling the ceremony. Apparently they handle about 900 burials a year. I think people also forget he'd actually been in space three times, including the first docking of two spacecraft (and unfortunately the first in space crisis).
At sea per his wishes.
Neil Armstrong's cremains were committed to the sea yesterday off the coast of Mayport FL.
The ceremony was held onboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG58) and members of the family were present (Family members present is unusual for most Navy burials at sea).