What does it feel like to be the first human to walk on the Moon? Apparently, it’s a responsibility that sits rather uncomfortably on the shoulders. For All Moonkind Leadership Board Member and historian James Hansen – author of First Man, the “essential biography” of Neil Armstrong, and now a movie starring Ryan Gosling – writes that Armstrong felt “guilty” about receiving acclaim for a historic event that tens of thousands of people worked to achieve.
Like it or not, Neil Armstrong was the face, indeed the embodiment, of humanity’s greatest technological achievement. But according to his son Rick, Armstrong would rather be remembered “as being part of a program that demonstrated amazing things can be achieved when people come together to dedicate themselves towards a common goal.”
This November, Neil Armstrong’s personal memorabilia will head to auction for the first time ever. The press release for the sale noted that the “Armstrong Family Collection is an extraordinary archive, chronicling the life and career of one of the most historic figures of the 20th century through the lens of the objects he loved, collected, and preserved for decades.”
We embrace this perfect opportunity to reflect on the man himself. Because while his remarkable Moonsteps may have defined his public persona, it is important to remember the individual – and be reminded, too, that we all have the ability to be extraordinary.
Armstrong’s son Mark teases that “there will be some items that make you think, items that make you laugh and items that make you scratch your head.” Without a doubt, they will also be treasured by their new owners. Sadly, these personal items will likely be spread around the globe. Some may end up in museums, many will not. Thankfully, we still have the bootprints of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to mark this event, something, that if preserved, will stand the test of time and show generations to come what humans can achieve if they all work together.