Neil Armstrong, First Man on moon Dead at 82 … One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind … Rest in Peace
An American hero has died … Armstrong captured the imagination of a generation and inspired many to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.
“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,” his family said.
Neil Armstrong, (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) – Rest in Peace
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon has passed away at the age of 82 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His family Announced the death at 2:45 pm ET. A statement said he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month to relieve blocked coronary arteries. Armstrong, the private hero, kept to himself and was a very private individual.
As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: “?That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.
Neil Alden Armstrong was 38 years old at the time and even though he had fulfilled one of mankind’s quests that had loomed for centuries and placed him at the pinnacle of human achievement, he did not revel in his accomplishment. He even seemed frustrated by the acclaim it brought.
“One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind”
Much, much more, on the life and times of Neil Armstrong:
Armstrong grew up in Ohio with a strong interest in flight and earned his pilot’s license while still a boy.
After flying combat missions during the Korean War, he became a test pilot and joined NASA’s astronaut program in 1962.
Armstrong’s pulse was measured at 150 beats per minute as he guided the lunar lander to the moon’s surface, NASA said.
Asked about his experience on the moon, he told CBS: “It’s an interesting place to be. I recommend it.”
To a true American hero, Rest in Peace.