Neil Armstrong Quotes
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Even the greatest American is an immigrant or has descended from immigrants. [Viola Engle Armstrong – Neil Armstrongs’ mother]
I wouldn’t call it routine, because nothing with an LLTV was routine, but I was making typical landing trajectories during the flight that afternoon, and as I approached the final phase of one of them, in the final 100 feet of descent going into landing, I noted that my control was degrading. Quickly, control was nonexistent. The vehicle began to turn. We had no secondary control system that we could energize – no emergency system with which we could recover control. So it became obvious as the aircraft reached thirty degrees of banking that I wasn’t going to be able to stop it. I had a very limited time left to escape the vehicle, so I ejected, using the rocket-powered seat. The ejection was somewhere over fifty feet of altitude, pretty low, but the rocket propelled me up fairly high. The vehicle crashed first, and I drifted in the parachute away from the flames and dropped successfully in the middle of a patch of weeds out in the center of Ellington Air Force Base.
The need to build a new world is what lifts man’s horizons in search of the future. Without these horizons, a man turns inward and is concerned only with himself. With them, he thinks more about tomorrow than today, more about society than himself.
My gaze shifted to the stars. They had never seemed so clear – the trillions and trillions of them. Each of them had their own solar system, the solar system had several planets, and the planets have countless moons, just like ours. Infinite possibilities. I decided we had accomplished something by exploring the moon, and we did it successfully. However, this was not the end of this astounding journey into space. It’s just the beginning. It is just the beginning of future space exploration, for generations to come.
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