I know I've said this before, but I was obsessed with space travel as a kid. Some of my earliest heroes where the men and women who got to do the one thing I wanted most in the world, go into space and look down at the Earth. The main reason for that childhood obsession, Neil Armstrong and his heroic walk on the moon. I can't even imagine the courage it would take to walk out of that spacecraft and take the first step a human ever made on the moon. Every opportunity I had, I would read about Neil Armstrong and his role in the mission.
As I aged, my desire to go to space faded, but my admiration of the first man to walk on the moon never faded. Every time I see a news story that covers a new development in space exploration, I think of those earlier men and women who made it all possible. With his passing, I lost a hero and the world lost a courageous man who dared to be the first.