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Seven Life Lessons Learned from Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut, professor, and flight fanatic. He was the first person to set foot on the Moon in 1969.

Armstrong was born in Ohio, was an eagle scout, and graduated from Purdue University and the University of Southern California. He served in the Korean War with the United States Navy, and was a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station and flew more than 900 flights before stepping foot on the Apollo 11 spacecraft and changing the way humans thought about space forever.

Armstrong died this morning at the age of 82 from surgery complications.

He leaves a long legacy of knowledge, research, curiosity, and the iconic phrase, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Here are just a few lessons he's also leaving behind:

7. I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.

6. Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.

5. Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.

4. Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you.

3. I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.

2. There can be no great accomplishment without risk.

1. I hope you become confortable with the use of logic wihout being deceived into concluding that logic will inevitably lead you to the correct conclusion.

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