On Saturday, August 25, 2012, the world lost one of its dignified heroes in the science industry, Neil Armstrong. President Barrack Obama ordered all U.S. flags at schools and other public buildings across the country to be flown at half-staff on Friday, August 31, 2012, in honor of Neil Armstrong.
The order states:
“As a mark of respect for the memory of Neil Armstrong, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day.”
Though every flag has been orderd to fly at half mast, one specific flag will not. Instead, this flag will fly in the spotlight, looking out over towards the Earth. This is the flag Neil Armstron placed on the moon when he took those remembered first steps on July 20, 1969.
These first steps are so important to the history of mankind because they represent the first steps toward making science fiction a reality. From this point forward, mankind is able to accept the possibilities of traveling to the boundaries of imagination. To spark the interest of the scientific community, all mankind has to do is ask, “How can I get there?” Where is there? This depends on your imagination. There can be Mars, Pluto, the edge of the universe, or even the past or present. Anything is possible. We just do not know how to get there yet.