Our Claim

Samantha and Dejanette

Neil Armstrong wasn't a hero.

Our Reason

Neil Armstrong was one of the first men or human known to America to ever walk on the moon. He made history which many don't do. To people he is a hero but in our opinions he isn't. He is simply an astronaut that made the first steps on the moon.

Neil Armstrong

Fact One

In paragraph 15, line 53, the article states, "Armstrong's family remembered the former astronaut as "a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job." How does that make him a hero? Maybe because he motivated others to do their best but that's not being a hero! That's being a supporter!

Fact Two

In paragraph 1, line 1, the article states, "People across the country lamented the passing of a national hero when renowned astronaut Neil Armstrong died in August 2012. Armstrong, who made history as the first person to walk on the moon, was 82." How does being the first person to walk on the moon make him a national hero? I don't see how it does. Basically this is telling me if I walk on the mars or moon or any planet I'll be pronounced a hero? Honestly that's ridiculous.

The Facts

Fact Three

In paragraph 6, line 26, the article states, "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth," Kennedy had said. "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important to the long-range exploration of space, and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish." Yeah the mission was important and risky but it seemed simple even though it was revolutionizing in the making.

Fact Four

In paragraph 9, line 35, the article states, "An estimated 600 million people watched or listened to the broadcast. It was the largest audience for any single event in history. Parents huddled with their children in front of the TV, mesmerized by what they were witnessing. After the broadcast, people walked out of their homes and gazed at the moon. They were in awe of what they had just seen." Yes the audience was amazed by the spectacular thing that just happened they shouldn't call him a hero but instead just an astronaut who made history.

Fact Five

In paragraph 14, line 48, the article states, "In August 2012, due to complications related to a heart operation, Armstrong died. The news of his death was met with tributes and moments of silence. President Obama said Armstrong was among the greatest of American heroes." How was he proclaimed hero? There are many other people who had actually helped people by saving their community, keeping the environment clean, saving lives, helping kids in need, helping old people and many more things. Neil Armstrong only stepped on the moon which is impressive but didn't help the world or anyone else in need of it.