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NASA Provides Coverage of Neil Armstrong Service at National Cathedral
September 13, 2012

On Thursday, Sept. 13 NASA provided special live programming of the public memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the life and career of astronaut Neil Armstrong. The memorial was broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online by the agency's and National Cathedral's websites.


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, dignitaries, community and political leaders, members of the Armstrong family and members of the NASA family, including current and former astronauts, paid respects to Armstrong.


Bolden, former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow, and Eugene Cernan, the Apollo 17 mission commander and last man to walk on the moon, offered tributes while Armstrong's Apollo 11 crewmate and command module pilot, Michael Collins, lead prayers. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde offered a homily to honor the life of the first man to walk on the moon, who died Aug. 25.


Washington National Cathedral is a historic landmark symbolizing the role of faith in America and its iconography tells the stories that have shaped the nation's identity. Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Collins and Buzz Aldrin, presented the National Cathedral with a moon rock brought back during their Apollo 11 mission. The presentation took place in a July 21, 1974 service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the first lunar landing. The iconic Space Window that later would display the sliver of lunar rock also was dedicated at that service.

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                Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

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Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator


Cut 1- TRT: 00:23 "Future generations will draw inspiration from his spirit of discovery, humble composure and pioneering leadership in setting a bold new course for space exploration. The imprint he left on the surface of the moon and the story of human history is matched only by the extraordinary mark he left on the hearts of all Americans."

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Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

Cut 2- TRT: 00:23 "I join a grateful nation in saluting a brave and humble servant who never stopped dreaming, never stopped working to make those dreams reality and inspired each and every one of us. May God bless Neil Armstrong and may God bless these United States of America"
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