Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, the
Sylvanus Thayer Award, the Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautics Association,
and the Congressional Gold Medal. The lunar crater Armstrong, 31 mi (50 km) from
the Apollo 11 landing site, and asteroid 6469 Armstrong are named in his honor.
Armstrong was also inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor and the United States
Astronaut Hall of Fame. Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmates were the 1999
recipients of the Langley Gold Medal from the Smithsonian Institution.
Armstrong underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.
He died on August 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio, after complications resulting from the
cardiovascular procedure. After his death, Armstrong was described, in a statement
released by the White House, as "among the greatest of American heroes—not just of
his time, but of all time"; the White House statement said that Armstrong had carried the
aspirations of the United States' citizens and that he had delivered "a moment of human
achievement that will never be forgotten."
On September 14, Armstrong's cremated remains were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean
during a burial-at-sea ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea.
American to orbit Earth, recalled Armstrong’s
legendary humility. “He didn’t feel that he should
be out huckstering himself,” the former Ohio
senator told CNN. “He was a humble person, and
that’s the way he remained after his lunar flight,
as well as before.”
After 1994, Armstrong refused all requests for
autographs because he found that his signed items
were selling for large amounts of money and that
many forgeries were in circulation; any requests
that were sent to him received a form letter in
reply, saying that he had stopped signing.
He also stopped sending out congratulatory letters
to new Eagle Scouts, because he believed these
letters should come from people who know the
Armstrong received many honors and awards,
including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
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|Answer to Quiz #374 - November 3, 2012
|1. What is the ceremony?
2. Who is the woman?
3. What is the date and place?
1. Burial at sea for Neil Armstrong
2. Carol Armstrong, his widow
3. September 14, 2012 on board the Sea of the Philippines
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|Comments from Our Readers
|I SHOULD have gotten this one right away but I didn't. I did notice that the photo was fairly
recent but it still didn't "click" for me.
I did a search first, using keywords 'burial at sea' - a lot of articles popped but nothing that
looked promising. Then I added the words "images of..." Tons of Google images popped up so
I went through them until the one in the quiz appeared. Attached to the image was the link to the
newspaper article which I really liked. I also liked Diana Krall singing "Fly Me To The Moon" at
the service in Washington.
I did not recognize the photo as relating to Neil Armstrong's burial at sea. I saw the photo on
Google Images when I searched on "military burial at sea" and only then remembered that Neil
was buried at sea in September. Neil Armstrong was also one of my heroes because of the
humility he exhibited concerning his first step on the moon. In my eyes, he is more of a star
than any of the so-called stars of Hollywood!
I hadn't seen that picture before. In fact, it was strangely absent from many of the web sites I
looked at with photo collections of the event. I eventually found it on a British web site.
Yes, he was a hero. I bet he had to pinch himself to believe he had done what he did...and to be
the first one to do it! For me, it is still mind boggling that someone actually walked on the moon.
This quiz took some searching. The key clue for me, was the title of the JPEG which was
ceremony etc. When I put that term plus Navy funereal etc into Google images search, the
picture came up. On the other hand the quiz about the soldier on the Rivera in 1945 stumped me.
You might be interested to know that I work at a library, and as part of the job, I teach
genealogy classes. I have used your quizzes as an examples of what you can find about
photographs if you try.
Thank you Commander Armstrong for all the dreams you created for so many of us.
Best wishes to Mrs. Armstrong.
As chance would have it, the day after Neil Armstrong passed away, I visited the
JFK Presidental Museum. There was a wonderful display of the space program,
which JFK was a huge proponent of, and tribute to Commander Armstrong.
Another great quiz.
This photo was an easy one for me, I saw a photo like that in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
back in the middle of September 2012.
I had not seen the picture before and my first thought was a Pearl Harbor ceremony as I
remembered reading about some survivors who were granted burial at sea with their shipmates
in the harbor. But viewing any Pearl pictures with short sleeves all around I quickly knew this
picture was not anywhere near Hawaii.
So then "naval burial at sea" was the search string, and selecting images it came up pretty quick.
It seems that Neil Armstrong treated his most historic achievement as just a "foot"note in his
career as I would have thought his wish for his ashes would have been to have been one last
trip into space, back to the moon or at least in geosynchronous orbit. Maybe the unknown
location is where Challenger went down.
Certainly Neil Armstrong was one of the few truly admirable people of this century and last.
Doubtlessly he had flaws, but overall he behaved in a manner we would all do well to emulate.
The puzzle was relatively easy. I recognized immediately that it was a burial at sea, but I could
not remember any notable people who would have been given that honor. Then I searched
under "burial at sea, woman in baseball cap". Success!
I first googled "burial at sea"(presentation of flag said military burial, ocean said sea) I got
definitians. When I searched Google images for "burial at sea" it suggested "Neil Armstrong
burial at sea". End of search.
Found with a google search of "scattering of ashes at sea us navy" and
a review of images.
More photos here:
Dress Uniforms, water, black armband, presenting a folded flag.... it must be a burial at sea, or
a ceremony over a sunken ship. That is the theory I ran with. The clothing looks modern, so am
guessing this event has happened in the past few years.
So, I went to google, clicked on images and searched "burial at sea" I found this image, which
appears to be the same people as your photo.
The Apollo 11 mission in 1969 was really a huge news story. Those of us old enough likely
remember exactly where we were when the landing on the moon was televised. Me - I was
camping with my family at Rondeau Shores Camp grounds in S. Ontario. We had a tent trailer
and a large tent. The neighboring trailer had a TV which we watched through their window.
|Moon Landing and First Moon Walk
The landing on the surface of the moon
occurred at 20:17:39 UTC on July 20,
1969.When a sensor attached to the legs of
the still hovering Lunar Module made lunar
contact, a panel light inside the LM lit up
and Aldrin called out, "Contact light." As
the LM settled on the surface Aldrin then
said, "Okay. Engine stop," and Armstrong
said, "Shutdown." The first words
Armstrong intentionally spoke to Mission
Control and the world from the lunar
surface were, "Houston, Tranquility Base
here. The Eagle has landed." Aldrin and
Armstrong celebrated with a brisk
handshake and pat on the back before
quickly returning to the checklist of tasks needed to ready the lunar module for liftoff
from the Moon should an emergency unfold during the first moments on the lunar
surface. During the critical landing, the only message from Houston was "30 seconds",
meaning the amount of fuel left. When Armstrong had confirmed touch-down, Houston
expressed its worries during the manual landing as "You got a bunch of guys about to
turn blue. We're breathing again".
Although the official NASA flight plan called for a crew rest period before
extra-vehicular activity, Armstrong requested that the EVA be moved to earlier in the
evening, Houston time. Once Armstrong and Aldrin were ready to go outside, Eagle
was depressurized, the hatch was opened and Armstrong made his way down the
At the bottom of the ladder, Armstrong said "I'm going to step off the LEM now"
(referring to the Apollo Lunar Module). He then turned and set his left boot on the
surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the famous words "That's one small
step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
When Armstrong made his proclamation, Voice of America was rebroadcast live via the
BBC and many other stations worldwide. The estimated global audience at that moment
was 450 million listeners, out of a then
estimated world population of 3.631 billion
About 20 minutes after the first step,
Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface
and became the second human to set foot
on the Moon, and the duo began their
tasks of investigating how easily a person
could operate on the lunar surface. Early
on, they unveiled a plaque
commemorating their flight, and also
planted the flag of the United States. The flag used on this mission had a metal rod to
hold it horizontal from its pole. Since the rod did not fully extend, and the flag was
tightly folded and packed during the journey, the flag ended up with a slightly wavy
appearance, as if there were a breeze. Shortly after their flag planting, President
Richard Nixon spoke to them by a telephone call from his office. The President spoke
for about a minute, after which Armstrong responded for about thirty seconds.
In the entire Apollo 11 photographic record, there are only five images of Armstrong
partly shown or reflected. The mission was planned to the minute, with the majority of
photographic tasks to be performed by Armstrong with a single Hasselblad camera.
After helping to set up the Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package, Armstrong went
for a walk to what is now known as East Crater, 65 yards (59 m) east of the LM, the
greatest distance traveled from the LM on the mission. Armstrong's final task was to
leave a small package of memorial items to deceased Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin
and Vladimir Komarov, and Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger B.
Chaffee. The time spent on EVA during Apollo 11 was about two and a half hours, the
shortest of any of the six Apollo lunar landing missions; each of the subsequent five
landings were allotted gradually longer periods for EVA activities—the crew of Apollo
17, by comparison, spent over 22 hours exploring the lunar surface
After they re-entered the LM, the hatch was closed and sealed. While preparing for the
liftoff from the lunar surface, Armstrong and Aldrin discovered that, in their bulky
spacesuits, they had broken the ignition
switch for the ascent engine; using part of
a pen, they pushed the circuit breaker in
to activate the launch sequence. The lunar
module then continued to its rendezvous
and docked with Columbia, the command
and service module. The three astronauts
returned to Earth and splashed down in
the Pacific ocean, to be picked up by the
After being released from an 18-day
quarantine to ensure that they had not
picked up any infections or diseases from the Moon, the crew were feted across the
United States and around the world as part of a 45-day "Giant Leap" tour. Armstrong
then took part in Bob Hope's 1969 USO show, primarily to Vietnam
Armstrong announced shortly after the Apollo 11 flight that he did not plan to fly in
space again. He was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for aeronautics for the
Office of Advanced Research and Technology, Advanced Research Projects Agency
(ARPA), but served in this position for only a year, and resigned from it and NASA as a
whole in 1971.
He accepted a teaching position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the
University of Cincinnati, having decided on Cincinnati over other universities, including
his alma mater, Purdue, because it had a small aerospace department; he hoped that the
faculty members would not be annoyed that he came straight into a professorship with
only the USC master's degree. He began the work while stationed at Edwards years
before, and finally completed it after Apollo 11 by presenting a report on various
aspects of Apollo, instead of a thesis on the simulation of hypersonic flight. The official
job title he received at Cincinnati was University Professor of Aerospace Engineering.
After teaching for eight years, he resigned in 1979
Armstrong is generally referred to as a "reluctant" American Hero. John Glenn, the first
|-Nine Summers ago, I went for
-To see if the moon was green
-When we arrived, people on
earth asked: “Is it?”
-We answered: “No cheese, no
bees, no trees.”
-There were rocks and hills and
a remarkable view
-Of the beautiful earth that you
-It’s a nice place to visit, and I’
m certain that you
-Will enjoy it when you get to
|Buzz Aldrin walking on the
moon with the image of Neil
Armstrong reflected in his
helmet as Armstrong took his
picture. NASA photo.
The press often asked Armstrong for his views on
the future of spaceflight. In 2005, Armstrong said
that a manned mission to Mars will be easier than
the lunar challenge of the 1960s:
"I suspect that even though the various questions
are difficult and many, they are not as difficult and
many as those we faced when we started the
Apollo [space program] in 1961." Armstrong ...also
publicly recalled his initial concerns about the
Apollo 11 mission, when he had believed there was
only a 50% chance of landing on the moon. "I was
elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised that we
were successful", he ...said.