Nation says goodbye to moonwalker Neil Armstrong

WASHINGTON - The last man to walk on the moon, Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan, has paid tribute to the first moonwalker, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, in a poignant memorial service at Washington National Cathedral.
  
Addressing Armstrong, who died last month at the age of 82, Cernan said, "As you soar through the heavens beyond even where eagles dare to go, you can now finally put out your hand and touch the face of God."
  
Cernan's tribute was followed by a slow and solemn version of the song "Fly Me to the Moon" by singer Diana Krall.
  
The service also included a prayer by Armstrong's fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins and excerpts from President John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech in which he said America would send men to the moon, and asked for God's protection.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments