On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins came into orbit around the Moon. Before long, the command module Columbia separated from the Lunar Module Eagle, and Aldrin and Armstrong headed for a historic achievement. Soon, Neil Armstrong was taking mankind’s first steps onto the moon. This transformed the engineer into a world-wide hero, won the space race for the United States, and won Armstrong immortality as one of the nation’s true heroes. Neil Armstrong has died at age 82. His family put the cause of death on complications from recent cardiovascular procedures; he had been living in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, at the time of his death.
The importance of the Apollo 11 mission cannot be overstated. It is a historic achievement for all mankind, and the Apollo 11 astronauts are living treasures, memorials of one of human kind’s greatest success stories. There’s a reason Jeff Bezos wants to get the Apollo 11 rocket boosters. These guys were real heroes, and it’s a shame to see one of them go.
“We don’t know yet what condition these engines might be in,” wrote Bezos, who watched the moon landing when he was 5 years old. ”They hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years. On the other hand, they’re made of tough stuff, so we’ll see.”
Bezos has stayed quiet about just how he found the Apollo 11 rocket booster parts, and he’s doubly quiet about who will be paying to bring the 19-foot rocket parts to the surface, only saying that private funds (probably his own private funds) will be bringing them to the surface and that he will be using sonar to find the pieces he’s looking for among the hundreds of NASA artifacts littering the ocean floor near Florida. The equipment is technically NASA property, but odds are NASA will allow the pieces to go to a museum rather than force Bezos to turn them over to Cape Canaveral staff.