Neil Armstrong’s cremated remains have been scattered at sea. The US aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea provided the backdrop to the service that saw his wife inter the ashes of the legendary astronaut into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The ceremony included a bugler and rifle salute and his wife was presented with the American flag.
Why Mr Armstrong chose the sea as his final resting place I have yet to discover, what I did notice from the photographs is that he was interred in a water urn that we stock – The rock salt water urn (you can see it in the picture above). I wonder if a) I need to get out more and b) if I am being cheap – if so I beg your pardon I didn’t wish to be – but you never know, people may think ‘well if it good enough for a space hero…’
As NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said at the service: “Neil will always be remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on another world, but it was the courage, grace and humility he displayed throughout his life that lifted him above the stars.” …. Hear hear!