Neil Armstrong dead at 82
August 25th, 2012
03:43 PM ET

Neil Armstrong dead at 82

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 82.

"We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," his family said in a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WKRC.

Armstrong underwent heart surgery this month.

He and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off in Apollo 11 on a nearly 250,000-mile journey to the moon that went down in the history books.

It took them four days to reach their destination.

The world watched and waited as the lunar module "Eagle" separated from the command module and began its descent.

Then came the words from Armstrong: "Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."

About six and a half hours later at 10:56 p.m. ET on July 20, 1969, Armstrong, at age 38, became the first person to set foot on the moon.

He uttered the now-famous phrase: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

After his historic mission, Armstrong worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), coordinating and managing the administration's research and technology work.

In 1971, Armstrong resigned from NASA and taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati for nearly a decade.

While many people are quick to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame, Armstrong largely avoided the public spotlight and chose to lead a quiet, private life with his wife and children.

But he always recognized - in a humble manner - the importance of what he had accomplished.

"Looking back, we were really very privileged to live in that thin slice of history where we changed how man looks at himself and what he might become and where he might go," Armstrong said.

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  1. banasy©

    Awww, how sad.
    Condolences to his family and friends.
    RIP, Mr. Armstrong.

    August 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ♚Mmmmm♛

    moon pies for everybody!

    August 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. One of GODs messengers

    He is in harmony with GODs phenomenal flow. GOD bless you Mr. Armstrong!

    August 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james ainoris

    G-D BLESS HIM AND FAMILY! in the 1960s there was much optimish about the all you hear is morons on radio bashing O'bama.... what happened? I recall if i am correct a few years back Armstrong was on a golf course and was confronted by one of these "we didnt really go to the moon" kooks.... and Armstrong punched him in the! Only in America you can have whacky conspiracy kooks runnin around like that (what makes America great!) I took my kids to Kennedy space center before silly disney land....and I told them "this is all real, the mercury rocket your playing in actually flew in space!" their little eyes widened...I would recommend anyone take their kids there! in 1996 i saw mainly asians and foreigners... americans were bored with science...sad. My son built a lego tower there 5ft high and it fell sending hundreds of pieces all over building....we spent half an hour picking them up...we went in space shuttle and were lucky enough to see last night launch of it off Daytona beach...

    August 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A lot of those kinds of people out there, james; those that love a conspiracy so much they will deny the nose on their face if it furthers some far-out agenda.
      Those theories have been debunked time and again, but one believes what they believe, and there is no changing their minds.

      Curiosity landed on Mars; we're not out of the space exploration game yet!

      August 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. One of GODs messengers

    I JUST finished reading some of those wacko theorys on this very site. Posted by none other than the master of disaster, it seems. Does he seriously BELIEVE the stuff he puts out here you think? Philip i mean.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. francois2012

    A true hero.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Doug

    Poor ol guy never told the truth about going to the moon. Kept his secrets all the way to the end.

    August 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You, Mr. Armstrong, indeed took a giant leap for mankind. You were an inspiration to the world for your acheivement. And on your not returning to space, I can truly understand that. Once you've walked on the moon, that's a pretty tough act to follow.
    My deepest condolences to the family and friends. Rest in peace Mr. Armstong. You've earned it.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    A good soldier. He never broke his non disclosure agreement.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    ...And heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere they come!

    August 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nate

    I think I maybe met him at a UFO / SciFi conference once. If it was him, the guy told amazing stories about the moon being made of 7 different kinds of cheese. They said much of the cheese eaten today was actually mined on the moon.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Emma

    I heard the same thing. We don't have the technology to actually make cheese. The space shuttle makes regular trips up there to scoop it up. That's the good cheese. Not the pasturized food product most people eat.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Well said.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peggy

    I wonder if he knew Major Nelson ond Jeannie?

    August 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Isn't Jeannie the one that when she wanted something she just boinked it.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Occu Pie

    The same people that believe we went to the moon also believe Mittens will be a good president.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jem

    Sure I believe we went to the moon. I also believe in space aliens and Bigfoot.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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