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On 21st July 1969, the United States of America put the first man on the moon. This was a tremendous technological achievement. Therefore, it was quite fitting that I first heard about the sad death of Neil Armstrong via Twitter.

Neil Armstrong is, without any exaggeration, up there with Columbus, Magellan, Hillary and Amundsen. All were amazing pioneers but Neil Armstrong didn’t just explore the Earth, he left the Earth and explored an orbiting satellite: the Moon. Frankly, he is the greatest human explorer of all time, and until man lands on Mars he will remain so. 
I wasn’t born in 1969 (it was a further 10 years before I joined planet Earth) but I knew from as far back as I can remember that the first man to land on the moon was Neil Armstrong.
Therefore, it is very sad to see that some young people today (and at 33 I still count myself as young!) seemingly do not know who Neil Armstrong is. Here are a selection of tweets sent as the news of his death broke yesterday:
The human race put a man on the moon but we can’t even teach our children. It is desperately sad. Teachers really should shut up about poor GCSE results – if the above tweets are anything to go by, perhaps they should work harder at educating rather than campaigning.

Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

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