Denver – 43 years after Apollo 11 landed the first men on the moon, former astronauts and aviation experts across Colorado are remembering the influence of Neil Armstrong.
"He represents a generation, a group of people that didn’t stop and had courage beyond comprehension in my mind," said David Kerr, Chief Operating Officer of Wings Over the Rockies on Saturday.
The museum, located on the former Lowry Air Force Base, highlights achievements in both aviation and space exploration. Armstrong, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, visited the museum in the years before his death. As news of Armstrong’s death spread, museum officials pointed to the influence the Apollo 11 mission had on the entire country.
“It was America pulling together, our best minds, our best budgeting; everything came together for a common cause."
In a statement to FOX31 Denver, native Coloradan and former astronaut Scott Carpenter also honored his former colleague:
“Neil Armstrong was the best of the best. His achievements represent the finest and most shining example of what the United States of America can do when we are united behind a common goal. He and the crew of Apollo II brought President Kennedy's challenge to fruition, and made America the preeminent space faring nation in the decade of the 1960's. The world will forever remember what Neil Armstrong's “Giant Step” did for mankind. I have always felt honored by my association with him.”
An Armstrong family spokesperson confirmed the former astronaut’s death at the age of 82 on Saturday afternoon just weeks after undergoing heart surgery.AlertMe