Saturday, August 25, 2012

Niel Armstrong Has Passed Away

From io9:
Neil Alden Armstrong, spacecraft commander of NASA's Apollo 11 mission and the first person to walk on the Moon, has died at 82.

The former U.S. astronaut passed away while recovering from heart-bypass surgery, a procedure he underwent just weeks ago, according to a statement released by his family.

On March 16, 1966, Armstrong became one
[of] the first American civilians to orbit the Earth aboard NASA's Gemini VIII capsule, on his very first mission. Just three years later, on July 20, 1969, over half a billion people watched in awe as Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo spacecraft, down its ladder, and onto the surface of the Moon, where he uttered the most famous words in the history of space exploration: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
Another article from ABC News.

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