Neil Armstrong dies, first man on the moon passes away at 82By Angel Cuala on Aug 26, 2012 in Astronomy, United States •
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the age of 82. Armstrong, who landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins via Apollo 11, underwent heart surgery this month, and his family announced his death on his official website.
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“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.” A statement reads at NeilArmstrong.info, but did not mention where Armstrong died.
“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.” The family added.
According to Hufiington Post, the legendary American astronaut passed away at 2:45 p.m (US time), with Armstrong‘s quote “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” when he set his foot on the surface of the moon is now iconic, especially to those who heard them during the live broadcast that time.
“On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was quoted at NASA‘s official Facebook page.
“Neil was among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time. When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation.” US President Barack Obama was quoted at Whitehouse.gov.
“They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable – that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible. And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.” Obama added.
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