Skip to comments.Neil Armstrong, 1st Moonwalker, Undergoes Heart Surgery
Posted on 08/08/2012 9:43:14 PM PDT by Kartographer
American icon Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to walk on the moon, was recovering from heart surgery Wednesday (Aug. 8), with well-wishes pouring in from NASA.
Armstrong, who celebrated his 82nd birthday Sunday, underwent cardiac bypass surgery on Tuesday after a health checkup, according to NBCNews.com, which stated that the celebrated astronaut is doing well.
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His 82 year old body is probably closer to 60-something. Heart stuff happens. My FIL worked with his hands for his entire 80+ years and, even with a good diet, had a heart attack and needed bypass surgery.
OTOH the doctors said if he wasn’t in such great shape they wouldn’t even have tried.
The old guy (who I really love) is back, kicking and back to work — he started back about 2 weeks after the operation.
Guys like Neil Armstrong and my FIL are tough as nails.
That’s one small stent for a man...
Godspeed Mr Armstrong.
I know I'll sound like an arrogant 26 year old, but I'll be there when I have parathyroid surgery. I've been toughing it out with crazy mental and physical fatigue, insomnia/poor sleep and sleep apnea for around 13 years, which is sadly half my life. The world better watch out when I'm able to run again. Or maybe, just my local beach. That sandstorm won't be wind, it'll be me tearing it up.
My grandfather had a stent put in one of his arteries a couple of days ago, and he's doing well so far. He'll be 91 in November I believe.
We need to land on other planets again. The moon and Mars.
The costs are high, but they aren’t that big in the scheme of things. Get well Mr Armstrong, you will go down in history as important as more important than Columbus.
>>My grandfather had a stent put in one of his arteries a couple of days ago, and he’s doing well so far. He’ll be 91 in November I believe.<<
I have had a few stents — next time, I will insist on no anesthesia (well, a shot of Old Grandad).
Your grandpa sounds like the old school — listen to him each and every time he speaks. His incidental anecdotes probably have wisdom you (or I) cannot anticipate.
>>Get well Mr Armstrong, you will go down in history as important as more important than Columbus.<<
He already has.
Strange to my reasoning, but maybe he started exercising later in life.
Regardless, all of those astronauts were magnificent physically and mentally.
Godspeed, Mr. Armstrong.
Live long, and enjoy Obama getting voted out of office.
...Giant Leap toward Full Recovery.
There was a great thread on FR in 2009 during the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. it just astonishes me when I try my best to imagine making that first landing — no one but two Astronauts in the LM, no chance of rescue if anything goes wrong, first attempt at landing on an alien surface. The stress and the professionalism required to handle it. Just gives me the shivers. What balls.
>>Strange to my reasoning, but maybe he started exercising later in life.<<
Or he was just born that tough (my take).
>> no one but two Astronauts in the LM, no chance of rescue if anything goes wrong, first attempt at landing on an alien surface. The stress and the professionalism required to handle it. Just gives me the shivers. What balls.<<
I remember when they landed. The Houston comment about “we have a bunch of guys about to turn blue” comment and my mom bursting out (I later realized why) in both laughter and tears.
We did have balls back then. Mr. Armstrong was almost the accidental tourist — a nice guy with a great sense of humor. We need so many more of him: strong stomach, steel-eyed dedication, cool in a crisis (there were more than a few in both the ramp-up and the actual mission).
If we had the “fortitude” of today’s politicians we would never have made it to the moon. It would have been amazing if we had made it to Modesto.
Get Well soon! It isn’t yet time to see “Mr. Gorsky” again.
Good luck Neil.
I’m not sure whether I’d be more afraid of blasting off, or general anesthesia.
He’s still one of our greatest an American heroes at a time when the criteria for making ‘hero’ status has been dumbed down to the point of mediocrity at best. However, there are still some bona fide heroes out there which is a good thing. Perhaps it is those people whose heroes are people like Neil Armstrong.
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