- Posted August 26, 2012 by
Belmar, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Remembering Neil Armstrong
Meeting Neil Armstrong 1930-2012
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
I was lucky enough to meet Neil Armstrong several times in the last two years.
Neil was a regular attendee at Astronaut Scholarship Foundation [ASF] events. The ASF raises money for college scholarships for students involved in science and engineering. Many other Moon walkers and astronauts attend these events. The ASF holds an autograph and memorobilia show with the Kennedy Space Center each November.
The last event Neil attended, in April 2012, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Apollo 16. Neil was outgoing and posed for all who wanted to take a photo with him. He is a very patient man.
He was eager to talk about landing the Eagle and walking on the Moon when out of the spotlight of TV and news cameras. He gladly fielded our questions about the flight, and about his fame. His simple response to questions regarding his fame was: "I don't deserve it."
Neil knew that it was the efforts of 400,000 people to bring Apollo from JFKs challenge to reality. And we did it. We really did it. 1,000 years from now, when most of our history is forgotten, people will remember Apollo 11 and the name Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on another world.
Neil Armstrong was also my inspiration as a child. I became a science teacher in large part because of the fascination caused by the Apollo space program. Apollo made science and engineering cool.
Just about every kid my age wanted to be an astronaut. People like Neil showed us the impossible could be made possible by our effort and work.
Thank you Neil Armstrong.