"First Step on Another Heavenly Body--It Was Huge!"
By Levi Rickert
Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died on Saturday as the result of complications to heart surgery. He was 82 years old.
“He was a test pilot and I was a test pilot; so I always was fascinated to hear him talk,” stated Herrington to the Native News Network on Monday morning as he remembered Neil Armstrong.
Herrington, a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, grew up to be an astronaut and had the pleasure of meeting Neil Armstrong, a childhood hero, as an adult and after he became a NASA astronaut.
"Someone the other day asked me who my heroes were when I was growing up," commented Herrington.
"I think they thought I was going to name some super heroes–action figure ones–but I can honestly say Neil Armstrong was one of my heroes."
"We used to play with boxes and pretend we were astronauts going to the moon. The thing is when we were kids our fantasies were our realities because of people like Neil Armstrong who actually went to the moon."
"When you think he, out of all of humans, was the first person to actually put his foot down on another heavenly body, it is huge!"
I've been reading some of Andre Norton's work. You'd be surprised how many Indians are in space in her stories. Probably for the best, considering what happens to Earth at the beginning of the Beast Master series.
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