Legendary Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies at 82: The first man to step on the moon, Neil Armstrong has died from post heart surgery complications. His family has not provided the media with any details. Armstrong was 82.
According to reports Neil Armstrong had undergone heart surgery on August 8 this year, soon after his 82nd birthday. He passed away after there were some post surgery complications and his health deteriorated.
Armstrong single handedly changed the history of mankind after he became the first man to land on the moon in 1969. His is famous in every corner of the world for taking the first legendary steps that inspired millions. Neil Armstrong was the brave commander of the Apollo 11 mission; he steered his team towards making the first manned landing on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Armstrong is still quoted today for what he said soon after landing on the moon; one small step for man one giant leap for mankind, he had stated. The black and white footage of him landing on the moon and placing an American flag was witnessed by the whole world live.
Armstrong was very reluctant when it came to appearing in media and becoming a heroic icon. He was shy to give interviews, and was had hesitantly joined his teammates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in the celebrations of the moon landing anniversary. He denied becoming an icon and hero via the media – he had once stated that he did not want to become a living memorial.
Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Ohio, USA. He was also an aerospace engineer and a university professor. He started off in the United States Navy before becoming a spaceman. He was also part of the Korean War. Armstrong enjoyed a prestigious life and received many awards. His love for spaceflights and voyages was alive till his last years – in 2010 he told a science summit audience that he would happily join a mission to Mars.