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Remembering Neil Armstrong

Remembering Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who took the first step on the moon.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away last week. His landing on the moon was a major step that I remember from my childhood days.

I would like to share a photo with you of the famous astronaut giving me Eagle Scout Award.

He and others motivated me to invent Colon Capsule camera to view the inside of a colon—looking for polyps and later getting them removed with colonoscopy and thus preventing colon cancer. We received two patents on the "Miniature Ingestible Capsule" from the U.S. Patent Office.

My Eagle project was to save lives from drunken driving, and it was launched in Decemeber 1994. We estimated that this project saved oen to three lives on 1994-95 New Year's Eve night.

Many co-operated, including Sen. Smith of New York, local media, the Corning/Elmira, NY, police and five other Boy Scouts.

"Saving Lives" led me to the field of medicine with Larabee Research Award for HIV, followed by getting accepted at a top medical school, Johns Hopkins University, at 17 years of age.

So the award ceremony in 1985 was my "first step."

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Anthony August 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I am jealous that you met Neil. Reserved, quiet man not interested in fame - but made a difference in the lives of so many.
Correction: In a hurry--I said 1994-95--It was 1984-85 New Year's eve-when we launched our EAGLE PROJECT.

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