Celebs tweet reactions to Armstrong death
Posted August 25, 2012
There are still a few wackadoodles out there who think the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing was faked but they are far outnumbered on Twitter by respectful reaction tweets to the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and one of the last American heroes of the 20th century.
Armstrong died today from complications after heart surgery. He was 82. This being the 21st century, people immediately took to Twitter. Many, like Ricky Martin, retweeted the hash tag "RIP Neil Armstrong" to show respect. Others added brief thoughts.
Olivia Munn: "Thank you for taking the first step for us."
Josh Duhamel: "One of our greatest heroes died today."
Richard Branson: "My first inspiration to try to make space travel possible for all. A hero for anyone who looks to the stars & dreams."
Mandy Moore: "A Hero who changed History."
Nina Garcia: "Geologists have a saying - rocks remember." RIP Neil Armstrong. We will remember you. You marked an entire generation of dreamers."
Even fictional TV characters said nice things: "Only just heard the sad news, RIP Neil Armstrong - gone but never forgotten a true #Legend of mankind," tweeted "Howard Wolowitz," one of the goofy guys on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, who is an aerospace engineer at CalTech.
In his tweet, actor/comedian Michael McKean called Armstrong "the first human being to walk on the moon, narrowly edging out Alice Kramden." Bus driver Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) on the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners was always threatening to send his no-nonsense wife "to the moon, Alice, to the moon!"
Armstrong's death evoked an outpouring of eulogies around the world, and a rush of memories for those who watched the thrilling live broadcast on July 20, 1969, when he and Buzz Aldrin set their landing spacecraft down on a lunar crater they called Tranquility Base and radioed back, "The Eagle has landed."
A few hours later, Armstrong stepped onto the cold, starkly empty surface of the moon, declaring, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Not bad poetry for a self-described nerdy engineer. RIP Neil Armstrong.
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