Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, was publicly memorialized at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on Thursday. His colleagues at NASA created this tribute video for the fallen hero, tracing his storied career as one of NASA's best pilots, as well as one of its most humble and self-effacing astronauts.
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A Navy veteran, the steely-nerved test pilot, astronaut and reluctant celebrity was buried at sea this week, laid to rest with the highest honors from a grateful world. For those of us who are old enough to have witnessed the landmark broadcast of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, NASA's tribute video brings back memories of our awe and respect for this man.
Centuries from now, I think when historians are asked what was the most important event that happened in the 20th century -- and who was the 20-century person who will be longest honored and remembered -- the answers to those questions will be the first trip to the moon, and Neil Armstrong, the man who took that small step that was indeed a giant leap for mankind.
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