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A proud American hero was remembered today while -- proud tradition of American manned space flight.
Is nothing but a memory chief Washington correspondent James Rosen on the memorial for the first man on the moon.
God bless feel I'm strong.
Mitt Romney spoke for every American when he paid tribute to the lead astronaut and universal hero who died last Saturday at 82 what American what human being in the history of civilization.
Was more accomplished.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But the Apollo eleven landing of July 201969.
Represented an even more profound break with the past.
Because unlike the use of nuclear weaponry the moon landing transcended the -- -- entirely.
I want all their program.
I have -- -- 41 priceless moment.
In the whole history of man all the people on this bird -- truly want one and their pride in what you have done.
And one in our prayers that you will return safely to where.
Former Mercury astronaut John Glenn was among those who attended a private memorial for Armstrong in suburban Cincinnati on Friday.
But the passing of this almost impossibly virtuous man the publicity -- navy pilot and Korean War veteran.
This greatest of all explorers.
Has led many to wonder whether the steady bleeding of the NASA budget constitutes a complete abandonment of manned space flight and weather that is anyway do honor the Armstrong legacy.
I believe that this nation should commit itself.
From achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the year.
For the first time since the dawn of the space race the United States is reduced to hitching rides on Russian space -- to the International Space Station.
With a 135.
And final space shuttle mission thirteen months ago the Obama administration proposed for fiscal year -- twelve and NASA budget of fourteen billion.
About half what the agency spent adjusted for inflation in the year of Apollo eleven.
NASA has come under the time.
When they really do need to.
Encourage private industry.
To start taking on the role.
Armstrong's few forays into the limelight in recent years were for NASA event sent to Capitol Hill where he deplored these funding decisions as quote -- negatively embarrassing and unacceptable.
If the leadership we have acquired.
Through our investment.
Is simply allowed to fade away.
Other nations will surely step -- where we have faltered.
I do not believe.
That would be in our best interest.
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