Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at age 82. He was one of the "New Nine," the second group of astronauts recruited by NASA, and the first US civilian to fly into space (on Gemini 8). After Apollo 11, he decided not to fly into space again, and left NASA in 1971, taking a teaching position at the University of Cincinnati's Department of Aerospace Engineering. He died from complications from a surgery he had a couple of weeks ago to relieve blocked coronary arteries. It's hard to say such things these days without feeling cheesy, but he was (and remains) an American hero.
"To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try." -- Roger Ebert