Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died.
When we’re young, we learn about space – the things we can’t see, and the things we can. The latter is, most notably, the moon. We learn about the unreachable.
Alongside Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, Neil Armstrong made the unreachable reachable.
Born in 1930, he joined NASA in 1962, and in 1966, he went out on his first mission – Gemini 8 – and performed the first manned docking of two spacecrafts. But he’ll forever be known as the first man on the moon.
Though he only went into space twice, Armstrong will always be synonymous with taking that first step into the great unknown. He spent 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 30 seconds in space, and, though he never liked being acknowledged as such, he’ll remain a hero of countless generations.
Whenever there’s a clear night, I look up at the sky. The stars burning so far away and so long ago; the beautiful, dense emptiness; the glowing elegance of the moon. And I always take inspiration from the fact that we’ve been there. This incredible sphere hanging in the sky: we’ve been there.
Tonight, there’s a full moon.