NBC News Reports the Death of Astronaut ‘Neil Young’

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Eh, it’s not as if Neil Armstrong was significant or anything.

Well, at least the AP got it right. Rest in peace.

Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved U.S. pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who entranced and awed people on Earth has died. He was 82.

Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement from his family said Saturday. It didn’t say where or when he died.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong said.

Via rdbrewer.

Update: Gawker snagged the original headline before the dummies fixed it.

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31 Responses to “NBC News Reports the Death of Astronaut ‘Neil Young’”

  1. Frankly on 25/25/12 at 4:37 pm

    Neil Armstrong will always be remembered for being the first man on the moon.

    Neil Young will be remembered for “Horse with no name”.

  2. Chris L on 25/25/12 at 4:41 pm

    You can’t expect our betters to be concerned with silly things like getting things right. One can imagine however, how this would have gone down if Sarah Palin had said it in a speech somewhere.

  3. K2 on 25/25/12 at 4:42 pm

    RIP Armstrong.

    Neil Young walked on the moon also. He just didn’t use a rocket to get there.

  4. fiftyville on 25/25/12 at 4:49 pm

    In employment news, there’s a new job opening for a sober online news correspondent at NBCNews.

  5. Obdurate on 25/25/12 at 4:50 pm

    >>Neil Young walked on the moon also. He just didn’t use a rocket to get there.

    It was a harvest moon.

  6. Mike Whitty on 25/25/12 at 5:04 pm

    Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her
    Well, I heard ole Neil put her down.
    Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
    a southern Moon don’t need him around anyhow…

  7. Rob Sama on 25/25/12 at 5:25 pm

    What is stranger is that they are posting an acknowledgment of the error by calling it a “misspelling”. That’s some misspelling.

  8. Zombie John Gotti on 25/25/12 at 5:47 pm

    They were distracted trying to find a way to blame it on Romney and/or Ryan.

    BTW, “Horse with No Name” was America not Neil Young, although that is a very common mistake.

  9. Rob Crawford on 25/25/12 at 6:11 pm

    Everyone involved in the production, editing, approval, and posting of that story should be fired on grounds of incompetence. No one that ignorant should be permitted any job more complicated than shoveling horse manure.

  10. Scott Lockwood on 25/25/12 at 6:52 pm

    “I’ve seen the lander and the moon rocks, son. I brought a few back, for everyone! Oooooh oh, the moon rocks, son!”

  11. Kat on 25/25/12 at 7:27 pm

    Didn’t Neil Young crew with astronauts Crosby and Stills?
    Don’t forget Nash, he helped pilot the “Southern Cross”.

  12. Reno_Dave on 25/25/12 at 7:28 pm

    Young’s first words as he stepped onto the lunar surface:

    “Hey, Hey. My, My. On the moon am standing I.”

  13. Fiftycal on 25/25/12 at 7:40 pm

    Well, if Obamacare had been in place, Armstrong would still be alive since heart surgery for 82 year olds would be disallowed by the IPAB.

  14. Mike Bell on 25/25/12 at 11:37 pm

    #11: Neil Young’s most famous song was “Oiho”.

    Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner! Well played, sir.

  15. Eric on 26/26/12 at 4:30 am

    Meanwhile, the U.S. Anti-Doping Commission has purged Neil Armstrong’s moon landing victories.

  16. 60 cent on 26/26/12 at 8:34 am

    “Neil Young will be remembered for “Horse with no name”

    Actually, that was America…”

    It’s an old joke. Reportedly Neil Young hates that people think “Horse with no name” is his song.

  17. Paul Simpson on 26/26/12 at 8:38 am

    Wow. So wrong. It was Henny Youngman — the first man to fly to the moon. And, boy, were his arms tired.

  18. Sooper Genius on 26/26/12 at 7:07 pm

    I always felt bad that Crosby, Stills and Nash had to stay in the Lunar Orbiter. I’m sure this was a factor in the breakup of the band.