Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang mourns death of Neil Armstrong

August 27, 2012

Franklin Chang, the Costa Rican astronaut, mourned the death of Neil Armstrong with a statement on his Facebook page. Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday at age 82.

Chang, who was inducted in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame earlier this year, called Armstrong “one of my greatest heroes.” Chang currently works for his technology company Ad Astra Rocket. He and Armstrong had discussed the Tico astronaut’s ambitions to build a plasma engine with his company. Armstrong “immediately understood and appreciated” the technical details of the plasma rocket, Chang said.

In the note, Chang stated:

“[Armstrong’s] legacy is extraordinary and in his latter years as an educator undoubtedly touched many young minds. His words upon landing on the Moon representing the entire human race ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ will resonate in history forever. Godspeed Neil. We’ll miss you.”

You may be interested

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
269 views
Please Send Coffee!
269 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico
Weather
670 views
Weather
670 views

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico

John McPhaul - December 13, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the horrendous 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact
Weather
1824 views
Weather
1824 views

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact

John McPhaul - December 12, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the devastating 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…