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Blue Moon: A Cosmic Wink at Neil Armstrong

There is a rare ‘blue moon’ tonight, a fitting wink to astronaut Neil Armstrong who will be laid to rest today during a private memorial service.

Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died last Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82. A blue moon occurs when there is a second full moon in one calendar month. It won’t happen again until 2015.

Armstrong’s family has suggested paying tribute to him by looking at the moon and giving the astronaut a wink.

Another fitting tribute to the astronaut took place today at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where Apollo astronauts Eugene Cernan and James Lovell hosted a special ceremony to launch the Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative.

The Armstrong family requested that instead of flowers, memorial contributions be made to support the Cincinnati Children’s health initiative, a Telluride Foundation scholarship in his name or to a scholarship fund in his name at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Read the full story in The Christian Science Monitor.

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