Treffende Worte vom Schöpfer der Sagan Series, die genau das aussagen, was ich momentan in tiefer Trauer nicht in Worte fassen kann:
He will be mourned by his families and friends; he will be mourned by his nation; he will be mourned by the people of the world; he will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send one of her sons into the unknown.
In his exploration, he stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in his death, he binds more tightly the brotherhood of man. In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their
heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But he was the first, and he will remain the foremost in our hearts. For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
Neil deGrasse Tyson fasst zusammen, weshalb ein lautes “Nein!” nach dem Lesen der Schlagzeile aus mir herausbrach:
Neil Armstrong was not entirely human. He was the spiritual repository of our spacefaring dreams & ambitions. In death, a little bit of us all dies with him. Farewell my friend. And now, perhaps more than ever, I bid you godspeed.
Die Familie von Armstrong hat nur eine Bitte an alle Trauernden, die ihm Ehre erweisen wollen:
„For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.“