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Obituary: Neil Armstrong Has Died, Aged 82

Neil Armstrong, a man who achieved true immortality on July 21st 1969 when he became the first human being to set foot on the moon, has died at the age of 82.

His speech, of course, is legendary. The footage, so widely watched and well known. Even Doctor Who used its power as one of the defining moments of human history.

Neil Armstrong was a decorated war veteran, a test pilot and a respected professor in addition to his time as an astronaut.

Of course, humans had been into space before Neil, but Neil is the man who made every child look at the stars and tell their parents that they wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up.

Though Neil Armstrong was never involved with Doctor Who, what is Doctor Who but a show about a man in a box travelling through space with his friends and inspiring millions by doing mad, impossible things? And that’s what Neil Armstrong was to us. He was our living, breathing Doctor.

And if I might honour the legend of Neil Armstrong with the words of another fictional hero; he did the impossible, and that made him mighty.

Earlier today Neil Armstrong’s family released a statement, “Next time you walk outside on clear night & see moon smiling down at you, think of Neil & give him a wink.”