Neil Armstrong died on August 25th 2012, aged 82.
A good innings, but we’re still shocked and saddened. Why? It’s always sad when people, amazing or no, pass away. But there’s more to this than simply the ending of a life.
His footprints will be on the moon for around 10 million years. Footprints of an Earth-born great ape on our planet’s satellite, 384,400 kilometers (238,855 miles) away from us. An astounding achievement, whether you think space exploration is “worth it” or not. I had never even disconnected myself from the planet for more than a jump until I was 24 and I got on a plane to Russia. People have left the planet altogether and looked back at it.