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Neil Armstrong dead at 82.
One of our real heroes (and a genuine symbol of our desire to explore and reach out) is gone. Our national dreams just got a little emptier for his passing.
We went from first flight to moon landing in 66 years. Neil was an integral part of that effort.
It makes me sad that we've taken such baby steps in the past 43 years.
Or, to put it another way: The US Military spent more money in 2010, as NASA has in it's entire existence.
Fortunately, our GOP wants to increase military spending....
Very, very few people could even imagine that their names will live on a thousand years from now. Neil Armstrong is one of those rare individuals that will be a hero to people of all nations.
A LOT of the technology we have today can be traced directly back to the steps he and the others took... or was made possible because, after they succeeded, the nation had capabilities that hadn't existed before.
A rocket with enough power can take a man to the moon... or it can be used to lift communications satellites into the proper orbits to develop a worldwide communications infrastructure.
The second capabilitycame after the first was developed and proven.
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I can't decide whether ol' Mitt reminds me more of Thurston Howell III, Michael Scott, or Patrick Bateman. He's lost and confused without "lovey", but he's always got a nice conversation killer primed and ready to unload on the employees at all times. Then again, he really seems to "just want to fit in". I wish one of these intrepid reporters would have the wherewithal to ask him if he has outstanding video rentals. Headscratcher.