|Posted on Aug 05, 2010 04:15:34 PM | Kepler | 940 Comments ||
Kepler team members are sending in their well-wishes today, August 5, 2010, in honor of Neil Armstrong's 80th birthday. All comments have been added to a poster (available here) that the team is sending to him. Some are reproduced below. Please join us in wishing Neil a...
Happy 80th Birthday!
"Neil — with warm wishes for a Happy Birthday — thank you for your contribution to space exploration."
- Roger Hunter
Kepler Project Manager, on behalf of the Kepler Team
"When I look at the data Kepler sends down, I realize that in these bytes is something new -- something no human has ever seen before. And I pause to think of those before me who also looked at something new and took risks and made sacrifices so that ALL of humanity would see too. Through your eyes, we saw something extraordinary that changed our perspective forever, and I thank you for that. Happy 80th Birthday!"
- Natalie Batalha
Deputy Science Team Director
"Apollo 11 was the inspiration for an untold number of people to pursue careers in engineering & the sciences. Back in the tumultuous 1960's, this country emotionally needed the success you delivered. And we know you would be the first to say that you were just the visible part of the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people, but your coolness under stress during the mission and your grace and dignity since returning from the moon are all an inspiration. I am living the dream of being a NASA engineer because of you and and the people who worked around you back then. So beyond "Happy Birthday", I want to say "Thank You". "
- Jon Cowart
NASA KSC & friend of Kepler
"Happy 80th Birthday Neil! As we search for planets and their moons orbiting distant stars, I am often captured by the thought that the Universe must be filled with curious, awe-struck and awe-inspiring pioneers. Thank you for being one of ours."
- Jessie Christiansen
"I remember fondly listening to the conversation as you searched for a spot to land the LEM and watching your famous "small step". Your courage and actions were one of the reasons I chose a career in planetary sciences. Happy 80th birthday!"
- Jack Lissauer
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