Where Were You When Neil Armstrong Landed on the Moon?

Where were you when he took those historic first steps? And what's the future for space exploration?

Man’s first steps on the moon. If you were alive then, you remember that riveting moment.

It was a patriotic moment for sure. We had beaten the Soviets first to the moon.

Our flag firmly planted in the moon’s sandy soil.

But it also represented the best of the human race. Having explored our planet, we weren’t satisfied in knowing what we knew. Not when there was a whole, big universe out there.

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

At 82 years old, Neil Armstrong has died. According to the New York Times, he died following some cardiovascular procedures. He lived in Cincinnati. 

Has the dream of space exploration died with it? President Obama is proposing a NASA budget 20 percent smaller for 2013. NASA, however, still has its sights on Mars.

Tell us in the comments your memories of the Apollo 11 astronaut’s historic landing. And where should we go in the future?

Dan Porcupile August 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
My thoughts on the passing of NEIL ARMSTRONG... I was just 16 months old but I can actually remember the Moon landing. My parents were glued to the TV and I watch their excitement from my playpen in the living room. My Dad was all excited! I remember he kept pacing, siting down and standing up and when they finally landed. our home phone rang a few times with neighbors calling. There was excitement everywhere. I remember sitting in my fathers lap when Armstrong set foot on the Moon. My mom started crying and my dad was laughing. Growing up after that I watch a few more Moon landings all the way up to Apollo 17. It was always a treat for me. It was the men of the Apollo program that were my first real heroes. They would become the top of the list of my role models and guide my interest in space travel and the military for the rest of my life. I grew to love flight at a very early age and though I could barely pilot a paper airplane, my desire to achieve was instilled forever. The time of Apollo has passed and so have some of our nations greatest role models and explorers but I am forever proud and grateful to have been alive, lived and have seen what is no doubt man's greatest achievement, Landing on the Moon! Thank you NEIL ARMSTRONG. And so God said I summon my Angel so he may be returned to the heavens! FOR ALL MANKIND... PEACE!
Patrick August 26, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I take it you'll believe CBS news? Not an extreme organization. Link below http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57400369-503544/national-debt-has-increased-more-under-obama-than-under-bush/
Dan Porcupile August 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
We are here to Honor One of America's Heroes Not mud sling politics, This is ridiculous and dishonorable! SHAME! Honor the man, share a story of your memories of the landing, If not go play somewhere else.. HAVE RESPECT!!!!
Ed Sorrels August 26, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Tending bar at a little bar on Euclid called Happyland, We were watching on T.V. and the whole place went nuts, It was a moment in history as important in it's way as the same question about the Kennedy assination which I will remember where I was and what I was doing till I pass, As these are moments that shape the history of both this nation and the world.
Ed Sorrels August 26, 2012 at 04:30 AM
GOOD FOR YOU DAN ! Thjere so many simple minded folks that still for some reason haven't acknowledged that we have a president that is black and make everything about this man, Well to hell with that, Like you said HONOR the man and leave the petty crap for another time
Ed Sorrels August 26, 2012 at 04:31 AM
And Semper Fi, Brother !
Doug Curlee August 26, 2012 at 05:32 AM
i was actually covering it, and the public reaction to it..out watching it in a bar at the arden fair shopping center in sacramento, filming people as they watched it.. never forget it.. doug
Geraldine Smith August 26, 2012 at 12:35 PM
When Armstrong first landed on the moon, we were at San Dieguito Park having a picnic. We took a small transister radio so we could hear him say, " Tranquility base here The Eagle has landed." The most exciting words we had ever heard. Who could forget that day?
Ray Bell August 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Thank you, Dan! I was forming a reply as I scrolled down, but your thoughts are clear and on the money. With appreciation...
Ray Bell August 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I was 9, and my family was crowded around a small tv in Van Nuys, CA. At the climactic moment, somone knocked on our door. It was a Jehovah's Witness (no offense intended) passing out materials. I couldn't figure out why she wasn't watching tv! The two are forever linked in my mind.
Rick Pushies August 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I was at MCRD attending a marvelous summer of activities designed to turn me into a United States Marine. Our drill instructors did not tell us about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. If he had been a Marine, I'm certain they would have told us. I found out about us landing on the moon when I went home on leave at Thanksgiving.
John Galt August 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Glued to my television with chills running up and down my spine in that great feeling comes over me every time I think about the true American heroes who put their lives at risk in going to the moon. The odds of success of any of the moon missions was not very high. It took courageous men to put themselves in those rockets to go there. Neil Armstrong was a great person. He never went around beating his chest saying that he was a great person. He had a wonderful character. Not only our country our entire planet will miss him and his great character. Godspeed Neil Armstrong.
Doug Lake August 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It is, to my understanding, still the single most watched event in history. 600 million people watched or listened. I was 12 years old and, as every other 12 year old kid in the 60's, wanted to be an astronaut or major league baseball player. Well, my baseball talents were relatively okay but not major league. And I've still not been to space ....yet. I was sitting downstairs on the couch with my family. My Mom and Dad stood and hugged each other when those extraordinary words were heard I remember it like it was yesterday.
Jim Gardner August 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I was 5, the summer before kindergarten. My grandmother was watching it in the living room in color. We usually weren't allowed to watch the color TV so I knew it was a big deal. There was a full eclipse of the sun that summer too.
bob naegele August 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I was mucking out stalls at a boarding stable, after working some horses. Went into the owner's house afterward for a glass of iced tea and they were watching the blurry video, live. We all just sat there, mesmerized by that monumental accomplishment. It was the fulfillment of J.F.K.'s 1961 address to Congress to put a man on the moon and return him safely. "Google" it. That address is worth reading. It was a different time. I doubt that, today, a candidate could be elected if he told voters to "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".
Paul Gallegos August 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
It is strange to think about Neil Armstrong and the first bit of crap on these posts is about the POTUS. If you are so hip on wanting your politicians to stick with the topics, then why don't you? As far as where I was when Mr. Armstrong was saying his, "This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind..." I was probably shaking my crib or crying for something to eat. I was only a year and a half.
Ron Selkovitch August 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Interestingly I worked with some Jehovah's Witnesses back in the fifty's who were adamant that God would never allow us to go into space. I was also living in Van Nuys when when Armstrong landed on the moon, but older than you, Ray.
Ron Selkovitch August 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
There are a number of watershed events in my life, which I will always remember and Armstrong landing on the moon with his unforgettable declaration has to one of them. Other events engraved on my mind: The beginning of World War 2 (Yes I was only 5, but I do remember) The end of WW2 and the celebration in the streets. The execution of the Rosenbergs, because I took part in the protests, and was outside the home of the Prime Minister of England when they were declared dead. When the vaccine for Infantile Paralysis was found to be successful, because it scared us so much. But the event, which, for me stood above all the others, even the moon landing was the successful launching of Sputnick1. I will never forget the little plaintiff beep of that football size object circling the earth and telling us mankind would never be the same again.
Dave Grosch August 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
To those who wanted to make this political...then you just missed the point. Well done Dan. For me I was in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam and I was fortunate to be near a TV and was able to watch the landing with my buddies. For a brief time, we forgot about the war, we forgot we were thousands of miles from home, we were proud to be an American. We accomplished the unimaginable after President Kennedy challenged the nation to go to the moon and back just 8 years earlier. With the death of Neil Armstrong, we lost an American hero. He was a man made from the “right stuff” just like Charles Lindberg. He was our reluctant hero, who did not look for fame and fortune, who commanded the greatest mission of all time. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Kathy Ewing-Finley August 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Thank you Dan!!!! For your comment and your service!! I was in my mother's arms in the hospital because she had just given birth to me!!!
Doug Curlee August 26, 2012 at 09:03 PM
there was actually funny end to my personal story... at 9 p.m. that night, the station had to cut awaycfrom coverage because of a sold-out local movie that had to be shown, or cost the station all kinds of penalties.. so we did, and the station was still gdtting irate phone calls about it when ileft four years later.. why, you may ask?.. because the sold-out movie was.. "the reluctant astronaut", starring don knotts.. doug
Things I Learned August 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Dougan August 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
In our house in Lake arrowhead. Black and white TV. with mom dad and all my brothers and sisters. You could hear a pin drop it was so quiet. I was 7 years old I can still see the look on my fathers face of the pride he felt.. America did it!!! We had brown carpert, a fire place to the left of the TV, a sofa to the right and a small reading table in the back left corner of the room, Gosh I can still see it :).. Im 50 now..
Jeff Phinney August 29, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Ridiculous and dishonorable! SHAME!? Hmmmm,...... Pretty harsh words directed at someone who was simply offering an opinion to the question asked by the author of the article,” Has the dream of space exploration died......?" I guess that could possibly be because anyone who objected to my comments couldn't be bothered to read/comprehend anything beyond the articles title. Either that, or they let their political ideaologies get in the way of reality.
gina pasquariello August 29, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I was 8 and my dad was so excited about it. Didn't really understand why it was so important to watch it. I remember he took pictures of the TV. As I grew older I totally appreciated him making me watch. Thank you Dad and thank you Neil Armstrong!!!
Leah Cullen August 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM
It was a day that was pivotal in the formation of who I am. I was celebrating my 3rd birthday and I remember clearly my mother sitting me down in front of the TV and telling me to watch carefully because this would be a day I would want to remember for the rest of my life. It was the best birthday present a little girl could ever ask for. I am literally a moon child. I have felt honored and very proud that this amazing leap for mankind happened on the day of my birth and I will always watch with wonder the continued advances our space program makes toward reaching beyond what we know to explore the new and undiscovered. Thank you Neil for being one of the many pioneers exploring this new frontier!
Leah Cullen August 30, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This day means more than my small comment can express. One of my blog posts may give more clarity: http://mydevotionaloutlet.blogspot.com/2012/03/layers-revealed.html. Yes, these pioneers have walked on the moon (and beyond) and on my heart...in a good way! :-)
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