Neil Armstrong

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Why haven't I seen a flood of journals on how shit it is that this great man has passed on?
For that matter, I don't think I even saw much of a peep about Curiosity landing on Mars.

I see journals about internet drama, and stupid shit all the time, but noteworthy, meaningful events take place, and I see nothing.

Personally I find that rather sad.

I watched the stream of Curiosity landing on Mars live, the night it happened.  We have a MacMini hooked up to our 64-inch TV in the living room, so it was streaming right onto the big screen in our living room, an hour before the actual landing.

I watched all the pre-show stuff where they showed the simulations of how the thing was supposed to land with a giant jet rocket sky-crane thing, and I remember thinking 'oh holy shit, are they for real?  There is no way this is going to work!'  And 'wait, the rover is HOW big?  It's the size of an SUV?  Really?'

I remember sitting there as it got really close to the 7 minutes of terror and hoping WISHING that it would really work.

I remember watching the control room full of NASA nerds, sitting on the edge of their seats, and each welling of cheers and celebration with each tiny indication that things were going as planned, and then the EXPLOSION of excitement and hugs and jumping, when it was finally confirmed that it had landed and pictures were coming through.

And I remember thinking 'I bet this is sort of what people felt back when they got to watch the Moon landing, back in 1969.'  That real-time, excitement, hope, and awe.

And now the man that took that first step onto the moon is dead.

The first man on the moon will never get to meet the first man on Mars.

I wonder if I will even live to see the day we finally put someone on Mars.

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the-stephy-powers's avatar
It does make me sad too. I wonder if I'll live to see a man on Mars. I think I read an article on twitter about a letter Neil Armstrong wrote to a fellow astronaut about why we still need to explore the moon. It made me wonder why we don't seem so driven to explore the moon now and want to go all the way to Mars. I'm not saying Mars is not fascinating, but I think we should explore the moon a bit more. Then again, I'm getting to that age where I know my younger cousins and soon my kids will be thinking I'm super ancient.
HazardousArts's avatar
You know, here in australia not a word of the landing on any f the news channels, right up until 2 minutes before touchdown, so my whole family was in my room watching on my computer. So freaking awesome.

Its just stupid - the things that really give people hope and a sense of discovery are back burnered while the news fills our minds with gang bangs, explosions, terrorism and people dying in a plethora of ways, and if its not death, it shows politicians pointing the finger at each other while spreading the message that they are doing great things for people.

it was more or less like this...

Nasa mars landing... for 5 min or so, and 55 mins of other news, 5 people die in a car accident, smear campaigns for politicians, gunshots where fired in sydney's southwest suburbs, US military begins establishing itself in the northwest of australia etc etc etc... like what ?

My faith in humanity needs serious restoration.

I just wish people had a choice to never ever view that crap, and ONLY view / listen to things that inspire and nurture the goodness in people, as opposed to fill them with fear. I always wonder if the world would be different /better /worse if the majority of media coverage was wholey more positive.
dyslexxiicon's avatar
it's a generational thing. you could try to teach it to kids all you want in school, but they'll see the era of the moon landings and think that was a million years ago, or that was when their parents were alive and gosh their parents are sooooo old and they didn't have all the cool beep-boop stuff they have now! the younger ones that do care are probably such a niche that you could easily miss their laments in a stream of more current issues and your basic insubstantial internet drama.

if there had been a high-tech moon expedition or something like setting the groundwork for lunar colonisation (gotta put all that moon real estate that crazy people have been purchasing to use!), i think there'd be more of an attachment to the history of setting foot on the moon and more of a sadness of the loss of a pioneer. those kinds of feelings will crop up on that day when a human sets their feet upon red martian soil. who knows?

and y'know, with the speed of technological advancement and the undoubtedly massive amounts of innovations that the public probably doesn't even know about, i feel like it could only be maybe a few more decades before folks are feeling confident about manned mars missions. the future's got plenty of surprises.
Snazz84's avatar
I think it's just one of those events that's publicised in the media and talked about so much on more direct social media sites like Facebook and Twitter (and in real life of course) that people don't feel like there's anything much left to say when it comes to blogging.

Personally, though, I'm not so much sad that he's died, as 82 is pretty respectable age to reach, I'm more saddened by how little we've reached into space in the last 40 years. I don't mean to belittle the achievements that have been made, but when Armstrong set foot on the moon he must've expected to see so much more development in his lifetime than actually transpired.
Ulysses-31's avatar
I'd say it was more the size of a Mini. Have you seen the actual landing video? I was thinking to myself how awesome it would be to actually see the thing land and then boom, there it was! You see it falling to the ground before the retro rockets fire and it touches down, pretty amazing. The reason you don't see it more widely reported on a place like this is because this is essentially an art site for teens (mostly) and they tend not to be that interested in the world beyond their own petty narrow sphere. Sorry, but it's true. The largest and most profitable demographic tend to shape the site. Was sad to hear about Armstrong, but I did make several posts about it in my non-dA blogs.
RetroMike's avatar
It is sad that he is gone but I'm not really surprised at the lack of posts here. Strangely enough I find myself more focused on Paul Steeds passing, mainly because he was the guy who made me want to pursue 3D modeling. I guess people have different heroes.
leenos's avatar
I feel like people will start watching more when it's people on Mars, the norm love people drama.

Personally I'd like them to start more moon missions, even start a international moon base. But NASA's so underfunded and there is zero world support for it.
BarnabyGK's avatar
I'm seriously depressed because I would have LOVED to watch the Curiosity landing - but I never heard that it was on live till it was over.

Very sad that Neil Armstrong passed away too :(. I'm a little surprised I've not seen it so much on DA too, but I saw it all over places like Facebook.
garyjsmith's avatar
Most people are stupid and more concerned about Toddler's and Tiaras and Teen Mom than scientific breakthroughs. I'm just glad I'm not one of them
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