Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died today. He was 82.
According to reports, Armstrong underwent heart surgery earlier this month, just a few days after his birthday.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. During his three-hour walk on the moon’s surface, he radioed back the famous line, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was in the United States Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he flew over 900 flights in a variety of aircraft.
As a research pilot, Armstrong served as project pilot on the F-100 Super SabreA and C variants, F-101 Voodoo, and the Lockheed F-104A Starfighter. (Wikipedia)
Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)