Sad news over the weekend: a true American hero and the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 passed away Saturday at the age of 81.

Armstrong had heart surgery several weeks ago, and in a statement released from his family, died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. I was 11 years old, when on July 20, 1969, I watched on a black and white television along with a half a billion other people  as Armstrong backed down the ladder of the lunar module Eagle, planted his left foot on the moon's surface, and said, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."

That was a great moment in American history and won't ever see again in my lifetime. The one giant leap for mankind phrase is iconic and will forever be etched in my mind as well as other Americans. Like so many kids in that generation, I think that moment defined and inspired many kids to want to become an astronaut. Years later, I think it still resonates what our space program is all about and where we are headed into the future.

I can't help to imagine that Neil Armstrong is back in space somewhere in the heavens looking back at that big blue marble we call Earth. Only this time for Neil Armstrong it was "one giant leap to heaven."

God Speed! Rest in Peace. " The Eagle has landed".

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