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©


    August 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I'm outta here.
    Good night, all.

    August 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. maureen

    God speed Neil, sure you have a wonderful view lookin down from heaven

    August 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yo Baby Yo Baby Yo !

    Confronted with a totally different universe, we would nonetheless try again and again to generalize from the known to the unknown. Only if extended and strenuous efforts led invariably to complete failure, would we abandon the hope of finding order. And even that would be an induction.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Christopher Dycha

    Our nation just lost a hero and a piece of living history. Because of his greatness and courage, prior to aspiring to be athletes and rappers, kids wanted to be astronauts when they grew up. Christopher Dycha.

    August 26, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, Christopher.
      Another era has passed.

      August 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Chuck Yaeger was the real hero. Armstrong was just a pretty boy actor – and possibly a CIA employee that look an oath of secrecy.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    We did not have the technology back in the 1960s to do it.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    This just shows the true arrogance and ignorance of the American people. Believing the US was and is the only country that could accomplish this. It was just a lie.

    August 26, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |

    If you become aware of a lie
    Do nothing to expose the lie
    You then become a part of the lie

    911: In plane site
    Netflix this Doc umentary and there will be more doubt in your mind

    August 26, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    'Neil Armstrong laughs at the conspiracy theorists who believe the 1969 moon landing was faked, telling CPA Australia's Malley that "800,000 staff at NASA couldn't possibly keep a secret."

    "People love conspiracy theories, but it was never a concern to me - because I know one day someone's going to go fly back up there and pick up that camera I left," he said." '

    From the man's own mouth.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No, faux.
      "Lol. Yeah, okay."

      August 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Here are a few things we've learned from hurricanes:

    •An oak tree on the ground looks four times bigger than it did standing up.
    •When house hunting, look for closets with lots of leg room.
    •AA, C and D are the only alphabet we need (think batteries).
    •Chainsaw-wielding-men are nothing to be afraid of.
    •You can't spell "priceless" without I-C-E.
    •Gasoline is a value at any price.
    •Candlelight is better than botox — it takes years off your appearance.
    •No matter how hard the wind blows, roadside campaign signs will survive.

    August 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And WHY are those roadside campaign signs indestructable??
      We have signs from the McGovern campaign still being spotted...
      Perhaps houses should be built with the same material?

      August 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I agree about those campaigh signs. Since they are so indestructible, they ought to make a good foundation for the next civilization they build on top of ours.

      August 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      August 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Two golden-agers were discussing their husbands over tea.

    "I do wish that my Elmer would stop biting his nails. He makes me terribly nervous."

    "My Billy used to do the same thing," the older woman replied. "But I broke him of the habit."


    "I hid his teeth."

    August 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hope Elmer doesn't work on a

      August 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hey banasy

      How are you doing today ? I've been trying to find some good hurricane jokes to post, but eveything I see is either totally racist or really nasty. I'm not going there. Wednesday is the anniversary of Katrina making landfall and that's when Issac is supposed to join the party.

      August 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I hope Issac doesn't have the same capacity for destuction as Katrina did...

      August 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fat Racist

    To all conspiracy theorists:
    Our NASA space teams had left a retroreflective panel on the moon, close to the landing site. The panel is facing Earth. It is the only place on the moon, that when it is targeted by high power laser, it sends back the laser pulse at a higher amplitude than anwhere else on the surface. Proof man was there.

    August 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sorry, nope, you're not Philip; ponder why we all would know that.

      August 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Aw, the guy who voices the Count on Sesame Street passed away, too...
    He would have said "one, one troll, ah ah ah."

    August 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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