The man who NASA CAPCOM ordered to become a hero either by landing his crippled spacecraft on the moon manually - or through dying while trying - when its computer system went A.W.O.L. in the last minute and a half of the descent has taken one more small step.
While few have ever followed in his lunar footsteps, the journey he embarked on a few hours ago awaits us all.
Footnote by The Green Arrow:
I remember the 20 July 1969 very well, I was the ships only radio operator serving onboard my second sea going "draft", the minehunter/fishery protection vessel HMS Kedleston, callsign GSRP, whose motto was "Any mine, any time".
During the Apollo 11 mission I remember reading a huge document listing all the frequencies that different forces around the world would be monitoring on their return.
I remember feeling a bit sorry for the guy left in the orbiting module who never got to set foot on the moon and who nobody remembers. Even the BBC in the report on this heroes death never mentioned him. It was Michael Collins.