We’re sad to hear that Neil Armstrong, first person to set foot on the moon, has passed. The legacy of his accomplishment, and the accomplishment of the many thousands of individuals on NASA’s Apollo Program team, will certainly stand the test of time. It’s hard for many of us to imagine the limitations of the technology available to Neil and the team at the time – the Apollo Guidance Computers on-board the Command Module and Lunar Excursion Module each had 2kB (yes, that’s a ‘k’) of RAM, and weighed 70 pounds. In 1969, of course, this was cutting edge, but even so, Neil is reported to have estimated only a 50% chance of a successful moon landing.
As well as being an Astronaut, Neil served in the Navy during the Korean War, had a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, was a professor at the University of Cincinnati, and served on the boards of several major corporations. By all accounts, even with his tremendous accomplishments, Neil was a quiet and modest hero - the true epitome of a Gracious Professional. He will be missed.