Armstrong ‘not just of his time, but of all time’

Tributes have poured in from around the world to Neil Armstrong.

US President Barack Obama hailed Armstrong as one of America’s greatest heroes.

In a statement issued by the White House, Obama said the crew of Apollo 11 carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation when they set out for the moon in 1969.

He later tweeted: “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time. Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step.”

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, who along with Armstrong and Michael Collins formed the crew of the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon, said he would remember Armstrong “as being a very capable commander and leader of an achievement that will be recognised until man sets foot on the planet Mars”.

John Glenn, an original NASA astronaut who became an Ohio senator after his space career, spoke of Armstrong’s aversion to the spotlight: “He was willing to dare greatly for his country and he was proud to do that and yet remained the same humble person he’d always been.”

His family recalled a “loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend”.

“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.

“He served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut.

“He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

“He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

“As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of goodwill from people around the world and from all walks of life.

“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”


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