Neil Armstrong, who became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, died today at age 82. Following Armstrong’s final departure from this world, celebrities have taken to Twitter to honor the late astronaut’s memory and to commemorate his heroism.
Many of the reactions on the micro-blogging site come from entertainers known for their sci-fi work, like Tron actor Bruce Boxleitner and Moon director Duncan Jones, whose fictional journeys beyond Earth’s orbit have undeniably been influenced by the real-life explorer. Stardust author Neil Gaiman tweeted a photo of himself, Armstrong and fellow writer Neal Stephenson, remarking on his blog, “I spent a couple of days in Neil Armstrong’s company. He was as nice, as modest and as wise as anybody could have hoped for. If you ever wondered what my face looks like when I’m going, ‘This is really happening, and I am the luckiest man in the world,’ it looks a lot like it does in this photo.”
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