Sunday, August 26, 2012

Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 and first man on the moon, dies at 82

This July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Neil Armstrong. AP Photo/NASA.

By: Lisa Cornwell and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

CINCINNATI.- Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82. Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation this month, according to NASA. His family didn't say where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after becoming the first person to set foot on the surface are etched in history books and the ... More

I remember watching the landing on the moon like it was yesterday!

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