NASA released a music video on August 23, 2013 from Red Beet Records recording artist and Grammy nominee Eric Brace called “Tranquility Base,” a song originally composed for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The song constitutes a tribute to the life and career of Armstrong.
In the same vein, James Hansen, Armstrong’s biographer, published some thoughts on the man on August 23, 2013 in Space.com.
“Getting to know Neil, I never forgot the heroic aspects of who he was and what he had achieved — how could I? But Neil was such a good and honorable person that the icon quickly retreated to the back of my mind, and I appreciated him, and the remarkable life he led, for so many other very good reasons, most of them related to his basic humanity.
“All his life, in whatever he did, Neil personified the essential qualities and core values of a superlative human being. Don't just ask his fellow astronauts; ask his naval aviator crewmates in Fighter Squadron 51, where as a young man barely 20 years old, he not only flew 78 combat missions over North Korea, but showed extraordinary levels of commitment, dedication, dependability, a thirst for knowledge, self-confidence, toughness, decisiveness, honesty, innovation, loyalty, positive attitude, self-respect, respect for others, integrity, self-reliance, prudence, judiciousness and much more.”
Hansen also suggests that the legend of Armstrong as a recluse after the Apollo 11 mission was largely a myth.
“In major respects, Neil chose to leave that particular stage of his life to the history books. It was like the golfer Bobby Jones never playing competitive golf after winning the Grand Slam or Johnny Carson never again appearing on TV after leaving "The Tonight Show." Not that Neil lived the life of a recluse after Apollo 11 — that is a myth created by journalists frustrated with not getting interviews with him. After the moon, Neil lived a very active life with many more accomplishments to his credit — in teaching, in research, in business and industry, in exploration. And he lived it all with honor and integrity, just as the one with ‘The Real Right Stuff’ should.”
Armstrong spent the last few years of his life campaigning for a return to the moon. Along with fellow Apollo era astronauts Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, Armstrong inveighed against President Obama’s cancellation of the Constellation program that would have returned Americans to the lunar surface around the 50th anniversary of his own mission, 2019. So add to the accomplishments Hansen lists, political activist.