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. Mom

    Anyone that doesn't believe the US went to the moon also doesn't believe in the Easter Bunny.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dad

      Leave the thinkin to the menfolk. Get in the kitchen and make supper!

      August 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jessica

    If you don't believe in the US astronauts then they won't bring you moon toys on Apollo day.

    August 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    I was born in 1962 and actually saw this on tv as it happened. I'm sorry if you dont believe we went to the moon, but I actually saw it on tv. If it was on tv, it has to be the truth.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed

    Isnt he the cyclist Lance Armstrongs dad?

    August 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blondie

    @ Dad, Dagwood! stop pounding that box. Dinners ready ya old geezer!

    August 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dagwood

      I hope it's not your crappy pot roast again! And I'm pretending this is your head!

      August 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ed

    I think when he found out about Lance Armstrong fibbing it may have broken his heart. Poor guy. But they always say, like father, like son.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ted


    August 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    Another hero vanished and gone, I was just a little kid in 1969 but I remember the excitement in our living room when Mr. Armstrong landed on the moon. It seems like a crowd of our Boston neighbors gathered at our house to celebrate the excitement.
    @banasy and @bobcat(in a hat) the eagle has safely landed in the Crescent city.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I remember that day. We had just returned to our base camp in viet nam and we were all gathered around the tv in the day room. That felt like such a special moment for all of us. You talk about a party that night. Whoooeeee. Great news dazzle.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      And dazzle, now I have to thank you because when you mentioned heroes being gone, it caused a song to jump into my head I haven't thought of in decades. And the worse part is, I can't remember the name of it. So thanks a lot. Luv ya anyway.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pleasure

      Abraham, Martin, and John?

      August 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ Pleasure

      No. This was a viet nam era song. It went something like this : Ahem, ahem. Excuse me, I had to clear my throat first so I would sound good. Anyway, here it is.

      Where have all the heroes gone
      Long time passing
      Where have all the heroes gone
      Long time ago
      Where have all the heroes gone
      Gone to graveyards every on.
      When will they ever learn
      When will they eeeever learn.

      Is that any help. Anybody ?

      August 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pleasure

      "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
      Peter, Paul, and Mary

      August 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, that's good news, dazzle.
      One less person I have to worry about...for now, lol.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That's the one, bciah.
      "Where have all the flowers gone".

      August 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Thank you so much Pleasure and banasy. That was going to drive me bonkers. But I sounded pretty good huh ?

      August 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You sounded fantabulous, Rawr.
      I got goosebumps.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    You know you love it. Kind of rolls of the tongue nice and smooth. Go ahead and admit it. We won't think any less of you.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    Our @bobcat(iah) sings too.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Sounds purty. Don't it ? You ought to see me strummin on my geetar. But I really do play. Well, at it anyway.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I gave my love a cherry that had no stone.
      I gave my love a chicken that had no bone.
      I gave my love a story that had no end.

      Crash crumble smash guitarage against the wall....

      August 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Moral of the story?
      Don't mess with Bluto when he's wearing a toga! Toga! Toga!

      August 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    Is he the guy who put the C on the rock? Actually, where is Philip? He should be all over this one, like HIV on a Bayer aspirin. Maybe watching TV.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, Bombo.
      Try as I might, I cannot find a photo anywhere with a copyrighted moon rock.
      And I've been looking.
      The night's young.
      Perhaps after "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura" is over, we may be graced.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, she is safe and sound with her grandma and her uncles. She is slightly miffed at me because I sent that pic of her this morning to her grandmother. I got a text message back that she looks more and more like me every day. I'm not sure how to take that but oh well. We are a bit concerned when she flies to Tampa on Monday. She will have my 3 siblings to deal with. At least we know she is cool with her favorite uncle who is going to surprise her by coming to town.

      August 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    He was a great choice to go first. Humble, quiet, good team player.

    August 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Benn

    He was a hero. Him, John Glenn, and the other guy brought hope to many people. Plus we loved BCIAH singing. It was nice. Thanks our friend.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    Sorry @bobcat(iah) with all of the interrupciones del duende, I missed this. You are a cat of many talents. My comment was based on Bruce Springsteen lyrics from the film Philadelphia. One of my favorite films but oh so sad. If you make your way out here, bring the guitar, I would love to hear you play and sing too.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Philadelpia was a really great movie. But I'm a Tom Hanks fan anyway. That was really sad.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I see they're starting to rip our posts up again. Pretty soon we won't know who said what to who.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
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