I was not born yet when the first man walked on the moon, but I can tell you I have always been fascinated by space, the moon and astronauts.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to take those steps on the moon, died today after complications with cardiovascular procedures according to his family.

As Fox News reports and any history book will tell you, Armstrong was the man who commanded Apollo 11.  That was the vessel that took Armstrong to the moon where they landed on July 20, 1969.  I can only imagine how incredible it must have been to be alive on that day.  Even though I was not born yet, I was able to read, be fascinated by and learn through history of that historic flight.

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said.  Does it get any better than that?  History describes him as a quiet man, but that day set the trend for Americans to continue to explore the great unknown.

Many people have their opinion of NASA now, and maybe the space program is not as exciting as it was then, but it seems like it's coming back.  The recent landing on Mars and the exploration that is happening, I think, will ignite that fire for space exploration again.  I think it's where we need to go as a society.  Yes, it is very expensive, but the magical things we will discover and the awe that is our universe needs to explored.  It was a victory for America.

The space program has always been a victory for America in my opinion.  There have been tons of products, services and improvements to every day life because of the science developed during the multiple years of the space program.

Not to be cliche, but it's a hopeful program.  Who doesn't want to "boldly go where no man has gone before"?