'One Giant Loss for Mankind'
Tributes rolling in for late astronaut
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2012 4:13 PM CDT
In this March 6, 1966, file photo astronaut Neil Armstrong, pilot for the Gemini VIII mission is shown.   (AP Photo/FILE)

(Newser) – A sample of the early coverage/reaction in the wake of Neil Armstrong's death today at age 82:

  • Huffington Post: Its page-leading banner reads, "One Giant Loss for Mankind."
  • Armstrong family: "The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
  • Associated Press: He was a "quiet, self-described 'nerdy' engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved US pilot he made 'one giant leap for mankind' with the first step on the moon."
  • President Obama: "Neil was among the greatest of American heroes—not just of his time, but of all time."
  • Space.com: "A figure so large in American and world history that you can bet many generations from now people will still be talking about him, as well as his moon landing."
  • Houston Chronicle: "Armstrong was the face of what is arguably America's top technological triumph, but for those who knew him in the spaceflight community, he quietly led by setting a good example."
  • Washington Post: He "marked an epochal achievement in exploration with 'one small step'" and thus became one of "the most heroized Americans of the 1960s Cold War space race."
  • The Guardian: Those famous words—"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind"—still "endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language."