'One Giant Loss for Mankind'

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

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."
(Read more Neil Armstrong stories.)

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