NASA Honors Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral

This morning NASA honored Neil Armstrong with a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor his life and career. This is an archived copy of the service.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, dignitaries, community and political leaders, members of the Armstrong family and members of the NASA family, including current and former astronauts, will piad respects to Armstrong.

Bolden, former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow, and Eugene Cernan, the Apollo 17 mission commander and last man to walk on the moon, offered tributes. Armstrong's Apollo 11 crewmate and command module pilot, Michael Collins, lead prayers. Popular jazz singer-songwriter Diana Krall sang "Fly me to the Moon". Other musicians included the U.S. Navy Band "Sea Chanters," the Cathedral Choir, and the Metropolitan Opera Brass. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde offered a homily in honoring the life of the first man to walk on the moon, who died Aug. 25.

Washington National Cathedral is a historic landmark symbolizing the role of faith in America and its iconography tells the stories that have shaped the nation's identity. Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Collins and Buzz Aldrin, presented the National Cathedral with a moon rock brought back during their Apollo 11 mission. The presentation took place in a July 21, 1974 service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the first lunar landing. The iconic Space Window that later would display the sliver of lunar rock also was dedicated at that service.

Neil Armstrong Memorial Service Program (PDF)

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong

"A Celebration of the Life of Neil Armstrong" - Memorial Service

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