Astronauts Among Dignitaries at Armstrong Service - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Astronauts Among Dignitaries at Armstrong Service

Before attending a private service to honor Neil Armstrong, astronauts Captain Jim Lovell and Captain Gene Cernan stopped by Cincinnati Children’s to launch the Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative and honor their good friend and colleague.

The astronauts were joined Friday by 14-year-old Shane DiGiovanna, an aspiring aerospace engineer with a rare skin condition. He is able to hear after a cochlear implant, with a device developed by a NASA scientist.

Before the announcement, Shane, who said Armstrong has always inspired him, quizzed the two astronauts about details of their missions. Lovell recounted the streams of oxygen that wrapped their spacecraft “like a cocoon” after the tank explosion. The harrowing Apollo 13 flight was recounted in his book and depicted in the popular movie, in which Tom Hanks played Lovell.

Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer

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