|"I believe every human has a finite number|
of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any
The 12 men who set foot on the moon, and their crew mates and fellow astronauts, are to my mind some of the bravest, most unflappable, men this world has ever seen. They are my personal heroes, to a man.
Neil Armstrong was, by all accounts, the quietest of the lot about his achievements - he rarely spoke in public, he was among the last to authorise a biography. But if you read the accounts of the Apollo 11 landing, he displayed a level of calm and resolve that just beggar belief: he landed Eagle with (assuming Charlie Duke's callouts of remaining fuel were accurate) of the order of fifteen seconds of fuel remaining between him and Buzz Aldrin and a very un-cushioned impact with the lunar surface.
The world has lost a truly great man among great men. I only pray that some day soon there will be more who get to do what he did, and more.102:45:21 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. (Garbled) shadow.102:45:25 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet, down a half.102:45:31 Duke: 30 seconds102:45:32 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good. (Garbled) (Pause)102:45:40 Aldrin: Contact Light.102:45:43 Armstrong (on-board): Shutdown102:45:44 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.102:45:45 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.102:45:46 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.102:45:47 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.102:45:57 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.102:45:58 Armstrong (on-board): Engine arm is off. (Pause) Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.102:46:06 Duke: (Momentarily tongue-tied) Roger, Twan...(correcting himself) Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.