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Posted on 09/15/2012 8:15:36 AM PDT by Libloather
Neil Armstrong's ashes buried at sea
By Alan Boyle
18 hours ago
The cremated remains of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, were committed to the Atlantic Ocean today, in accordance with the Navy flier's final wish.
The setting for today's burial-at-sea ceremony on the Navy missile cruiser Philippine Sea, operating out of its Florida homeport, was much more intimate. Armstrong's widow, Carol, played a key role in the proceedings: Assisted by Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Nagy, she passed the remains overboard, then accepted the folded-up U.S. flag from from the ship's commanding officer, Capt. Steve Shinego.
(Excerpt) Read more at photoblog.nbcnews.com ...
What moving photos. What joyous but sad as well moving photos. Mrs. Armstrong looks comforted, proud, sad and happy all at once. I’m glad SHE was the one to perform this last act of love. God rest the soul of Neil Armstrong and thank you God for his contribution to his country. He was a humble man who asked for nothing more than to live his life with his family.
Thank you Neil Armstrong for being such a wonderful, strong example of what one can do when they want something bad enough. He did his job and then he moved on. What a GREAT human being.
RIP, Neil Armstrong.
That’s sad, because there will now be no permanent marker for his grave.
Is there, maybe, a Neil Armstrong Museum, or monument where his story could be told, and Americans could pay their respects to him there?
Yes, but look up in the sky and there’s a reminder.
His last wishes needed to be honored. But I, too, wish that he had agreed to be buried somewhere like Arlington cemetery. He was a historic figure, and for the sake of his country and our children, his grave deserved a historic place, a memorial for a great accomplishment,
He was also, to all appearances, a great and good man, who preferred to keep out of the limelight—but perhaps too modest at the end.
Yes there is.
A great American!
So fitting. He is now part of that blue ocean that gives Earth its distinctive and beautiful blue color as seen from space.
A memory from the Age of Heroes ...
A giant leap into the heavens.
At least NBC News got his name correct this time. It’s Neil Armstrong, and not Neil Young.
It's almost like they are burying the great dream of "Man in Space" with him. It's so sad what has become of that great dream.
Thank you for posting this.
Or even released in space. Why not from the Space Station? But then, his family would not have been able to take part in the ceremony, so this suffices.
What a lovely concept, and didn't he mention that distinctive feature, when he returned from the moon?
There are no photos of Armstrong on the moon, except for a few taken from a camera mounted on the lunar lander.
All the photos from Apollo 11 are of Aldrin.
Why? Armstrong had the camera, mounted on his chest.
That was a wonderful sentiment. Thank you.
Don't spoil the moment with facts.
Beside what about the Video Footage of "One Small step for Man"?
He probably didn’t want to have to hitch a ride to the space station on a Russian spaceship.
Thank you; I will soon check it out!
Neal Stephenson, Neil Armstrong and Neil Gaiman.
If you read the text on the page, Gaiman and Stephenson insisted on sitting in the photo in deference to the #1 Neil.
No flags at half staff that I know of. The media has almost completely ignored his passing. No documentaries about his life or the moon landing on tv, not even the science channel. This country has pissed on him.