By Claire

Over the weekend, the tragic news that astronaut Neil Armstrong has passed away filtered through the online world.

I have to confess to not being around for the moon landing in 1969, but despite this, I am still very aware of who Neil Armstrong was, and what he did. That’s because he was and will remain, one of mankind’s greatest triumphs.

“Neil Armstrong was a quiet American, whose unassuming nature contrasted with his inescapable fame and the towering triumph of the United States space program.

He was a brilliant pilot who calmly landed the Apollo 11 lunar module on the Sea of Tranquillity with less than a minute’s fuel left, and then made the ”giant leap for mankind” as the first human to set foot on the moon.

On July 21, 1969, Armstrong and his co-pilot, Edwin ”Buzz” Aldrin, steered their lunar landing craft, Eagle, to a level, rock-strewn plain on the moon.”

”Houston, Tranquillity base here,” Armstrong radioed to mission control. ”The Eagle has landed.” (Check out the comprehensive coverage here)

Neil Armstrong inspired countless people to look to the stars and to dream big.

Last weekend we lost a role model, a hero and a great scientist. Neil Armstrong, you will be missed, but never forgotten.