Saturday, August 25, 2012
One Small Step
US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died aged 82.My parents ("bless" them) woke me up in the middle of the night to watch the moon landing.
It was burned onto my consciousness in ways my parents might later have regretted but I, in every sense of the words, would not have missed it for the world.
Mortality creeps up on us and all our heroes start to die.
Sorely will he be missed.
Now I have a phone that has more computing power than the whole of NASA at that time. Yet the technical origins of that device can probably be traced back, in a sense, to the tremendous boost to science and technology that came from the program that put that first boot in the dust on the Moon's surface.
RIP, Neil Armstrong indeed