Explore Mars is deeply saddened by the passing of Apollo 11 astronaut, Neil Armstrong. We would like to offer our wholehearted condolences to the Armstrong family.
“When Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the lunar surface, he fulfilled the dreams and aspirations of generations of people around the world,” stated Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry. “I had the pleasure of having lunch with Neil several years ago. We had a highly memorable discussion about his time on the moon and the path forward in space. It was an honor to get to know someone who I am sure will still be a household name in 500 years.”
Without question, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the Moon, they changed our perception of what is possible – that we did not need to be constrained by the gravity of Earth.
“Every time we lose one of the twelve, I feel we lose one more tether to our off-planet history,” commented Explore Mars president Artemis Westenberg, “I believe there is no better tribute to Neil Armstrong than to continue his off-planet walk with steps on Mars, ensuring we are forging new events in our off-planet history that he began.”
It is our hope that the nation and the world will honor Mr. Armstrong by continuing the mission that he and the other Apollo astronauts began. We should set the goal of traveling beyond Low Earth Orbit, and on to Mars. By doing so, his “One small step” will truly become a “giant leap,” for humanity.