A former astronaut and native of Kansas says Neil Armstrong was the model of what an astronaut should be.
Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, died Saturday at the age of 82.
Salina native Steve Hawley says Armstrong inspired a generation of scientists and astronauts. Hawley flew on five U.S. Space Shuttle flights and is now is director of engineering physics at the University of Kansas.
The Salina Journal reports Armstrong had left the space program before Hawley joined NASA.
But Hawley worked with Armstrong on a commission in 1986 that investigated the crash of the space shuttle Challenger. Hawley also met Armstrong during the 1991 dedication of the Astronaut Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.