Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever set foot on the surface of the moon, has died today at the age of 82 due to complications during heart surgery.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever set foot on the surface of the moon, has died today at the age of 82 due to complications during heart surgery.

According to NBC News, Armstrong’s family reported his death at approximately 2:45 PM E.T.  Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 mission that made history when it landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap of mankind,” Armstrong radioed back to Earth upon taking his first few steps on the moon.

The Apollo 11 was Armstrong’s last space flight, and his post moon walking occupations included an administrative job for NASA, a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and a public speaker.

Twelve Americans walked the surface of the moon in total from 1969 to 1972.

Source: NBC News

 

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