Saturday, August 25, 2012

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dead at 82

Lunar Theater, Kennedy Space Center.  Courtesy BRC Imagination Arts
Cincinnati, OH, USA (August 25, 2012) -- The family of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on a celestial body, reports that he has passed away from "complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures."

When Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, it marked the pinnacle of an effort which had begun with the deadly rocket program of the NAZI military and culminated in a single moment of peaceful accomplishment for the whole planet.  The moon landing was broadcast live worldwide, including to guests at Disneyland who viewed it on a screen set up at the Tomorrowland Stage.

Apollo 11 landing live at Disneyland. Copyright Disney
Armstrong's achievement has been showcased in numerous exhibits, attractions, and films in the decades since, including the IMAX documentary Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon and the BRC Imagination Arts-designed Lunar Theater at the Kennedy Space Center's Apollo/Saturn V Visitor Center.