Washington DC – Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX)  and Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) issued the following statements today on the passing of American astronaut Neil Armstrong:

Chairman Hall:

Neil Armstrong was an inspiration to all Americans not only for his role in one of the proudest moments in American history, but also for his courage, grace, and humility. He exemplified all that is great about mankind, and he will forever be revered as a true American hero."

Chairman Palazzo:

We mourn the loss of the first man to make his mark on the moon.  When Neil Armstrong made that famous 'giant leap for mankind' so many years ago, he inspired millions at home and around the world.  He leaves us with the responsibility to ensure American human space exploration will live on for generations to come."