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commented on Sept. 7, 2012
I was hoping to see something on IONS about the passing of Neil Armstrong, the first person of our species to step unto the surface of a celestial body other than our planet. This site seeks to expand our horizons and no one exemplifies that more than Neil Armstrong did. He was a humble and very private man far removed from many who have been the first to do something, a rare contradiction to be sure but he didn't get there by himself nor did the journey stop with him as one of the principles of this institute can testify.
I was honored to be part of the television team that let the world watch Neil and Buzz set history while Micheal patiently awaited their return so they could all come back home. Neil's physical body ceased to function on Saturday the 25th of August 2012 but I know his spirit will continue on as all of ours will but his will always be one of the first that left this planet in physical form and I think I and a few others witnessed the start of his new spiritual journey on Friday night, the 24th of August.
I did not know Neil was suffering complications from his recent surgery. He lived his life privately to the end so that Friday was no different than all the other Fridays I have spent on this planet. After a night of bowling I was returning home with friends and I happened to look up at the moon and there was something very different about it. It seemed brighter than normal and the terminator was as sharply defined as I have ever seen it. I asked the people I was with if they noticed anything different and they all agreed it looked very different. I have been told there are others who witnessed the same thing though I can find nothing on line to substantiate that.
A lot happened in August in Neils life and mine.. Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 29th almost August and under the same zodiac sign he was born under. Two of the three man crew running the Apollo TV scan converter that brought the world most of the EVA from that mission were also born in August. I was born on the 6th, Neil was born on the 5th and my fellow worker was born on the 4th. My workmate and I were born in the same year. Curiosity landed on Mars on the 6th of August (the 5th on the west coast) and Neil lived to see it, He had surgery around the same time to open his blocked arteries. All numbers, possibly all coincidences but certainly an oddity.
I found a series of moon photos taken on successive nights of the 24th to the 26th in a location close enough to capture anything I saw and sent them to an astronomer friend. The photos do look different but do not grab me in the way what I saw did. I do not know if the times match up. Would the camera see a spiritual manifestation if one in fact happened? Those are questions IONS seeks to answer.