Remembering the first man on the moon

When the path-breaking American astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away at age 82 on August 25th, Twitter lit up as people around the world shared the news. Within about a day, their conversations and condolences added up to 1.6 million Tweets.

Inspired by this global expression, our data analyst Nicolas Belmonte put together a visualization of how the word spread on Twitter. Further inspired, our video team (Charlie Wood, Jeremy Briggs and Ian Padgham) created a bit of a story in this video.

We salute the man whose family described him as “a reluctant American hero” whose life “serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”

Posted by Karen Wickre (@kvox)
Editorial Director