Neil Armstrong: A quiet hero who left his mark on history. First Man to Walk on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, Former NASA Astronaut and the First Person to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 82. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon has died. He was 82. Armstrong, considered an American hero, commanded the the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon in 1969. The phrase he uttered that day as he stepped onto the surface of the moon, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” became iconic. A statement released by Armstrong’s family reads, “While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and

push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s statement offered condolences on behalf of the agency and praised Armstrong for his contributions to the nation and to space exploration saying, ‘Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us … Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. Armstrong’s words “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history. Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the climactic fulfillment of the efforts and hopes of millions of people and the expenditure of billions of dollars. A plaque on one of the lander’s legs that concluded “We came in peace for all mankind,” further emphasized that Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were there as representatives of all humans.Armstrong is survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and sister.”Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time,” President Barack Obama said via Twitter. “Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step.” News from: NASA

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