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Great Minds We Lost in 2012

Hank Green pays tribute to some of the great scientific minds we lost in 2012, beginning with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride. Green concludes by apologizing for some mistakes made in recent SciShow episodes.

RIP Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, has died at the age of 82 from complications following a heart surgery several weeks ago. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He’ll always be remembered for his first words after touching the lunar surface, broadcast live to a half billion people, then one-sixth of the world’s population: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Here, Armstrong talks with the BBC in 1970 about the Apollo expedition after returning to Terra Firma.

The mission wasn’t as smooth as we presumed at the time.  Primitive computer technology, coupled with human errors and mechanical failures, nearly caused the tragic loss of the crew.  The details are revealed in Apollo 11: The Untold Story, written and directed by Tom Whittier, created for Discovery Science Channel, and first broadcast in 2006.

Also, NASA has created a vault containing restored HD video footage showing the moon walk, the planting of the American flag and other aspects of the Apollo 11 mission. To visit, go to http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/hd/apollo11.html

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