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NASA Provides Coverage of Neil Armstrong Service at National Cathedral
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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           Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 Mission Commander

Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 Mission Commander

Cut 1- TRT: 00:42 “Fate looked down kindly on us when she chose Neil to be the first to venture to another world and to have the opportunity to look back from space at the beauty of our own. It could have been another but it wasn’t. It wasn’t for a reason. No one, no one, but no one could have accepted the responsibility of his remarkable accomplishment with more dignity and more grace than Neil Armstrong.”

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