PHOTOS & VIDEO: Fox News Remembers Neil Armstrong
As the nation and world remember Neil Armstrong, we at Fox News Insider are taking a look back at the life of the first man to walk on the moon.
Of the man who became known as a living national treasure, friend and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin took a moment with Fox News shortly after Armstrong's passing to offer a personal reflection. Watch the video, below, and tune in to Fox News Channel on Thursday at 10a ET as Bret Baier and Bill Hemmer host live coverage of Armstrong's funeral services.
The Insider caught up with Bill Hemmer earlier, asking him for his thoughts on what Armstrong's legacy will be and why his were such important contributions to our world at large:
“Our world has quickly developed into a recognition society: everyone wants credit for something. Between Twitter and Facebook, gossip pages and YouTube.com, our lives are consumed with the desire to be recognized. As best as one can tell, Neil Armstrong never sought attention for anything. Two years after he walked on the moon, he retired from NASA and fled toward anonymity. He owned a farm in Lebanon, Ohio, had a home in the bucolic and wealthy community of Indian Hill, just outside Cincinnati. During the 1970s he was a professor at the University of Cincinnati. Here was our Christopher Columbus – living among us – but neither wanting attention, nor seeking it. There is something enormously humble about how he lived his life. It’s a lesson, I’d imagine, he could teach a lot of us.”
Buzz Aldrin Remembers Neil Armstrong:
In this July 16, 1969 file photo, Neil Armstrong waving in front, heads for the van that will take the crew to the rocket for launch to the moon at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla.
In this July 20, 1969 photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Apollo 11 astronauts trained on Earth to take individual photographs in succession in order to create a series of frames that could be assembled into panoramic images. This frame from Aldrin's panorama of the Apollo 11 landing site is the only good picture of mission commander Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface.
In this July 20, 1969, file photo, provided by NASA, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82 on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind."
This July 24, 1969, photo provided by the Richard Nixon Foundation shows Apollo XI astronauts, from left, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin laughing with President Richard Nixon aboard the USS Hornet. The president was on hand to greet the astronauts after their splashdown in the Pacific. Armstrong, who was famous for being the first man on the moon, died Saturday Aug. 25, 2012.
This undated image provided by NASA shows Neil Armstrong posing with a X-15. During re-entry from flight training at 207,000 feet in the X-15, Neil Armstrong inadvertently overshot Edwards Air Force Base in California, heading south at Mach 3 and 100,000 feet altitude. Legend has it he finally managed to turn back while over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and had just enough energy to land on the south end of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards. In the debriefing, someone asked how much clearance the X-15 had from the Joshua trees on the edge of the lakebed. Oh, at least 100 feet...on either side, said the chase pilot.
In this March 9, 1966 file photo, Astronaut Neil Armstrong is seated during a suiting up exercise Cape Kennedy, Florida, in preparation for the Gemini 8 flight.
In this July 20, 2009, photo, Buzz Aldrin, left, Michael Collins, center, and Neil Armstrong stand in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.