It is with deep sadness that I learned tonight of the passing of Neil Armstrong. He was unquestioningly the greatest explorer of my generation. The Apollo 11 mission was the culmination of mankind’s quest to explore the unknown and venture into space with the purpose of the bettering of science. When I was a newly fledged seven year old boy, I watched the Apollo 11 landing and subsequent moon walk while staying overnight at my grandparent’s house. I had a pallet placed a few feet from the television in their “clubroom” (informal living room). I watched all of it with a sense that I was witnessing something extraordinary that would be duplicated several more times but never rivaled. The advantages of being 50 years old and being able to recollect that event I experienced at age 7 are too numerous to mention. I was old enough to remember it well, and young enough to have experienced it with a child’s eye. I hope that those of you who were either too old, or too young to have lived through Apollo 11 and watched Neil Armstrong walk on the surface of the moon will benefit from his life and celebrate the triumphant exploratory nature of humankind. God Speed Neil Armstrong!!