The first person to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, will be celebrated at the National Cathedral Thursday, September 13th, 2012.
- Neil Armstrong - NASA
Armstrong passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012 after complications from cardiovascular procedures at the age of 82. Armstrong lived a full life with many accomplishments, namely, his work with NASA. You are probably familiar with Armstrong's famous first words, as he set foot on the moon, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".
Personal Note by Bob Ryan: I was probably one of the few Americans who could not see Neil Armstorng's historic first step onto the moon. In July 1969, I was working for NASA, but on Barbados of all places. It was part of one of the first international weather experiments, Project BOMEX, and there was no live satellite television on Barbados. I listened to the historic moment rebroadcast via short wave and heard that the landing was a success. The first picture I saw was the cover of Life magazine in a hotel lobby. I had to wait until I returned to the U.S. a few weeks later to see the TV "replays" of Neil Armstrong's historic first step and he and Buzz Aldrin bounding around the moon.
- Armstrong on the Moon - NASA
Neil Armstrong began his NASA career in Ohio and received many awards and special honors throughout his career including the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the Congressional Gold Medal; the Congressional Space Medal of Honor; and the Explorers Club Medal, just to name a few.
The memorial will be televised on NASA TV at 10am EDT, Thursday, September 13th from the National Cathedral, right here, in Washington, D.C. The National Cathedral holds a moon rock that the astronauts of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, brought back from their mission to the moon. These astronauts presented the National Cathedral with the moon rock on July 21, 1974, on the five year anniversary of the first lunar landing.
- Washington National Cathedral Space Window
The National Cathedral dedicated a window titled the "Scientists and Technicians Window (Space)". This window is a special part of the Cathedral's iconography that tells the stories of our nation's history. According to the National Cathedral, the space window " symbolizes the role of faith in America".
You can watch special programming from the memorial service through NASA TV - this link will provide you with an online link and where to find the program on cable television.