Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Neil Armstrong to Be Remembered Thursday With Public Memorial at National Cathedral

From Washington DC-

Neil Armstrong, the first person to step foot on the moon, will be remembered Thursday by NASA leaders and other dignitaries at a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.
Armstrong, who died last month at age 82 following complications from cardiovascular surgery, will honored by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and retired astronaut Michael Collins, the third member of the Apollo 11 mission in which Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their famous moonwalk.

The Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, will lead the service, which will also include remarks by former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and a performance by the jazz musician Diana Krall, who will sing Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon."

The National Cathedral is a fitting place for a tribute to Armstrong. Among the grand church's many stained-glass windows is one depicting a peaceful sea of celestial bodies. Officially called the Scientists and Technicians Window (Space), the "Space Window got its name after Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins presented the cathedral with a 7.18-gram basalt lunar sample in 1974. The rock now sits embedded in the glass.

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