The Astronaut who made history as the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong dead at 82.
Armstrong died from complications from heart bypass surgery that he underwent earlier in the month.
He will be forever remembered in history as he commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969.
His first words after setting foot on the moon will be remembered in history books eternally when he radioed back to earth and said,
“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”
He and fellow Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
Aldrin said in a BBC interview. “We are missing a great spokesman and leader in the space program”
He also said that Armstrong was was one of the most private men he had ever met.
Neil Armstrong wanted to be remembered for more than being the first man to walk on the moon and he will.
In an interview with 60 minutes in 2007 he said,
“We all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks but for the ledger of our daily work. As for all the celebrity, “I don’t deserve it.”
Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator released this statement,
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.
Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.
His family released a statement as well. It said in part,
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
Additional information can be found at www.neilarmstronginfo.com
Rest in Peace Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)