September 12, 2012 |
Before manned space flights began, officials pondered what background they should seek in the crew for this bizarre new venture: Danger lover? Bullfighter? Mountain climber? Should they search for people who were self-aware and calm in extreme conditions? A deep-sea diver, perhaps? Finally, they settled on — and President Dwight Eisenhower supported — experimental test pilots, people who had already guided complex new flying machines. Thus the original seven astronauts were selected in 1959.
September 6, 2012
Regarding Daniel Goldin's Aug. 31 Washington Forum commentary, "Reaching for the moon, and beyond": On July 20, 1969, around 6 p.m. in Budapest, I left my desk in the U.S. Embassy to meet my wife outside. She was waiting to drive me home. I exited the embassy and, as I did every day, acknowledged with my customary wave the several not-so-secret Hungarian policemen who had been stationed outside the entrance since 1956, where they waited to arrest Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty were he to emerge from the...
September 6, 2012 |
Admirers of the late Neil Armstrong are now able to see parts of the spacesuit he was wearing when he took the historic first steps on the moon at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia. The "extra vehicular" gloves and visor worn by the Apollo 11 astronaut on his July 20, 1969 spacewalk are displayed in the center's James S. McDonnell space hangar, which also houses the Space Shuttle Discovery, where they will remain for two weeks. Armstrong's...
September 5, 2012
Thank you for publishing Daniel Goldin's Aug. 31 Washington Forum commentary, " Reaching for the moon, and beyond ," in which the former NASA administrator lauded the late Neil Armstrong as "the symbol of all that was good about America . . . his courageous feat representing one of the greatest triumphs ever achieved. " Mr. Goldin also hailed the moon landing as a transformative moment for the United States and implored Americans to continue to reach for the stars. However, it wasn't just...
September 1, 2012
Most everyone remembers that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Much has been written, in The Post's excellent Aug. 26 obituary and elsewhere, about his humility and his passion for the future of manned space flight. What fewer people know is that in 1971 he was named chairman of the Peace Corps National Advisory Council. In that capacity, he traveled the world, visiting Peace Corps programs and meeting volunteers in the villages where they served. In 1972, Mr. Armstrong came to India, where my father, David...
August 30, 2012 |
To me, the name Neil Armstrong is synonymous with granite. I had almost believed Neil would be here forever, as elemental as the Earth he viewed from so high above. He was the symbol of all that was good about America on July 20, 1969, his courageous feat representing one of the greatest triumphs ever achieved. In my estimation, Apollo 11's landing on the moon and Armstrong's spacewalk saved the soul of America. After our incredible victory in World War II, a series of sobering events created concern and stress among the American...