Sharing Memories of Neil Armstrong – Photo Gallery

by Ken Kremer on September 2, 2012

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Image Caption: Neil Armstrong at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Saturn V Exhibit (Control Room) for the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1999. Credit: John Salsbury

In tribute to Neil Armstrong, first human to grace another world here’s a new gallery of unpublished photos to enjoy as shared by my good friend – space photographer John Salsbury.

Armstrong was the first person to walk on the Moon as the commander of NASA’s Apollo 11 flight in 1969. Neil passed away on August 25, 2012 at age 82.

Salsbury writes, “I was fortunate enough to be at the KSC Saturn Exhibit for this photo op of the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1999. These photos were the best I could get using my Minolta XGM 135 mm and Kodak 1000 with no flash.”

On Friday August 31, a private memorial service was held in Cincinnati, Ohio (photos below) to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong. Numerous dignitaries attended the service including his two surviving crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins

Image Caption: Neil Armstrong Memorial. A memorial tribute from the Smithsonian is seen at the entrance of a private memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Camargo Club in Cincinnati. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA released this statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

“Today, we pay tribute to a pioneering American; an explorer, a patriot and an individual who, with ‘one small step,’ achieved an impossible dream. Family, friends and colleagues of Neil’s gathered to reflect on his extraordinary life and career, and offer thanks for the many blessings he shared with us along the way.

His remarkable achievements will be forever remembered, and his grace and humility will always be admired. As we take the next giant leap forward in human exploration of our vast universe, we stand on the shoulders of this brave, reluctant hero. Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon paved the way for others to be the ‘first’ to step foot on another planet. We have an obligation to carry on this uniquely American legacy.

A grateful nation offers praise and salutes a humble servant who answered the call and dared to dream.”

Read my earlier story about the passing of Neil Armstrong; icon for the ages and hero to all who dare mighty deeds – here

See more photos from the Neil Armstrong Memorial service in Ohio held on Aug. 31 – here

Ken Kremer

Image Caption: Neil Armstrong at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Saturn V Exhibit for the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11. Credit: John Salsbury

Image Caption: Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan,& Walt Cunningham gather at KSC for the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – Saturn 5 Exhibit Control Room on July 16, 1999. Credit: John Salsbury

Image Caption: Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan,& Walt Cunningham gather at KSC for the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – Saturn 5 Exhibit Control Room on July 16, 1999. Credit: John Salsbury

Image Caption: Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan,& Walt Cunningham gather at KSC for the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11 – Saturn 5 Exhibit Control Room on July 16, 1999. NASA Launch Commentator Lisa Malone holding mike. Credit: John Salsbury

Image Caption: Apollo 11 Astronauts Michael Collins, left, and Buzz Aldrin talk at a private memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Camargo Club in Cincinnati. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Image Caption: Neil Armstrong Memorial – Members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard from Washington, D.C., present the Colors during a memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Cincinnati. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

About 

Dr. Ken Kremer is a speaker, scientist, freelance science journalist (Princeton, NJ) and photographer whose articles, space exploration images and Mars mosaics have appeared in magazines, books, websites and calanders including Astronomy Picture of the Day, NBC, BBC, SPACE.com, Spaceflight Now and the covers of Aviation Week & Space Technology, Spaceflight and the Explorers Club magazines. Ken has presented at numerous educational institutions, civic & religious organizations, museums and astronomy clubs. Ken has reported first hand from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral and NASA Wallops on over 40 launches including 8 shuttle launches. He lectures on both Human and Robotic spaceflight - www.kenkremer.com. Follow Ken on Facebook and Twitter

HeadAroundU September 2, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Alright Fraser, if I’m gonna click the follow on my twitter, will you let me delete the sentence?
Or should I go to adblock boards so you can invent another asshole thing?

SJStar September 2, 2012 at 6:01 AM

A fitting respectful tribute to a great and noble explorer. His contributions was as a plainly decent man whose noble exploration beyond this Earth shall not be forgotten for many generations to come.

Måggøt Bråin September 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Well said,,,

karlfrankjr September 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

that would have been great to be able to witness this event. in honor of Armstrong’s passing, we are trying to have Columbus Day rededicated to Exploration Day. We need 25,000 signatures in 25 days. We are meeting with a major columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, so we think that will be our tipping point. However, we can use all of the help we can get. Here is the petition: http://goo.gl/8IIuq – Here is our blog, (which we are also looking for guest bloggers BTW, wink, wink) – http://www.explorationdayusa.org – and our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ExplorationDayUSA – Time is of the essence! :)

SJStar September 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Readers should totally ignore this very inopportune advertising!

This is clearly totally disrespectful and offence in the extreme, and is just using the passing of Neil Armstrong as an excuse to pass their own agenda.

True scum like this guy are really the lowest life-forms on the planet.

karlfrankjr September 2, 2012 at 11:12 PM

SJStar, I don’t understand. What is disrespectful about what we are trying to accomplish? We are working for a Federal holiday dedicated to scientific research, creativity, and exploration. Our original idea was to Name it Armstrong Day, but after thinking about it more that Exploration Day would be more fitting so that we could continue to honor Columbus and his achievements as well.

SJStar September 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

It would be far more powerful if you just waited a little while so people might realistically consider you idea as appropriate. Now is simply not the time, because people are still only contemplating and reflecting on Armstrong’s contribution. (Neil Armstrong when he was alive was not interested in the limelight, and he and family desired his passing to be the same. Why can’t you respected that?)

(Really. You are like those kind of people who think it is perfectly fine to hassle grieving or hurting people just to recover debts or get them to sign things when they are at their weakest moments. It’s really sick, and is frankly the kind of disgusting behaviour one would expect from the worst of humanity.)

Boo!

karlfrankjr September 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

We obviously disagree. We do agree on Armstrong’s humility, which is another reason we decided on Exploration Day instead of Neil Armstrong Day. We believe the timing couldn’t be better with 25,000 signatures needed in 25 days and Columbus Day coming in October. I’m sorry you feel the way you do and wish we could avoid you feeling the way you do, but we don’t feel bad about what we are trying to accomplish. Quite the opposite.

zkank September 3, 2012 at 3:55 AM

This is one of those rare exceptions where I’m in complete agreement with SJStar.

In my opinion, I find this narcissist petition in the same vein as this recent phenomenon nicknamed “media-whore mourning”; where complete strangers use an unfortunate event to grab their fifteen minutes of fame.

Meaning no disrespect, Karl, but why weren’t you motivated two years ago? Two months ago?

All that aside, petitions are worthless and ignored, every time, everywhere.

karlfrankjr September 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Wow. You guys are brutal. :) As far as the relevance of the petition. It is a White House petition on their ‘We the People’ petition site. If you get 25,000 signatures then they will consider it. It’s not an easy petition process because it has an extra level of vetting.

If you are at all curious, here is the history of how we came up with the idea and why: http://goo.gl/4RGzV

Dampe September 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Just to add to the drama – renaming Columbus Day to Exploration day is a TOTAL DISRESPECT to many generations of Americans.
Isn’t Columbus day celebrating the arrival of Christopher Columbus to North America? Just because Columbus Day means NOTHING to you doesn’t mean you can preach your facebook group rubbish here on Universe Today.
I really don’t like people like you Karlfrankjr. You preach your ‘do-gooder’ agenda and try to kill a nations cultural tradition just because you don’t value or agree with it. Same rubbish is happening here in Australia by the far left green community.

karlfrankjr September 3, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Not that it really matters, but no, Columbus never made it to North America. And he swore till he died that he found Asia. Leif Erickson made the journey 400 years earlier. But that’s not really the point. Columbus was a great explorer, as was Erickson, as was Armstrong and others.

also, it was the liberal FDR that dedicated Columbus Day.

Dampe September 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

What are your thoughts on maybe petitioning for another day to be dedicated to the Apollo astronauts? Or maybe to all Astronauts? I think that would get more support than simply re-naming a holiday that has been a tradition for so many years.

*BTW I re-read my above comment and it was rude- and I apologize for it. I’m sure you have the best intentions, but I strongly (and passionately) disagree with it.

Mike September 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

It is nice to see these pictures of him.

HeadAroundU September 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

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Phaerisee September 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM
henk September 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

what a great pictures of a great man

HeadAroundU September 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

wanr to share memories of armstrong? go to Twitter.

SJStar September 2, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Bring it up on the 8th October but not now. Please..

karlfrankjr September 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM

The petition is filed and we are down to 25 days to get the signatures. The groundwork has been laid and first media interviews set. Again, we are comfortable with the timing and hope those who are generally considered allies in science popularization will help us achieve our goal..

SJStar September 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

I openly pray you don’t get them, then.

Clearly heartless individuals like you deserve what they get, IMO.

zkank September 3, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I’ve visited the links you’ve provided, and I’m more convinced than before that this is only about you.

Again – why weren’t you motivated *before* Mr. Armstrong’s unfortunate passing?

I am delighted that there are similar displeased opinions at your blog as have been expressed here, and, if my math is correct, with only twenty-eight signatures in one week so far, it should take you about twenty-two years to get your 25K signatures!

You might want to re-think this one…

karlfrankjr September 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Very well then. Thanks for visiting. I only want it to work if it’s a worthy effort anyway and like you said, the signatures in 30 days will be the judge of that. We shall see.

Charles French (WPMCB) September 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Well you convinced me to sign up and petitions
can work

SJStar September 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I think Zank said that not me. All I said was that it was inopportune and ill-timed.

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