Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon as commander of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, has died at 82
Armstrong passed away due to complications of a heart bypass surgery he underwent just weeks ago. His 82nd birthday was on August 5.
On July 20, 1969, Armstrong made history by walking onto the surface of the moon and uttering the words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” and completed arguably the greatest scientific feat of the 20th century.
Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1930. He studied aerospace engineering at Purdue University both before and after serving in the Navy as a test and fighter pilot he was selected in 1958 for the U.S. Air Force’s ‘Man in Space Soonest’ program.
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43 years ago, We first walked on the moon
On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon and as soon as he took his first step, he famously said:
‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.
This moment was watched by half a billion people and was one of the most significant space missions. The astronauts spent over 21 hours on the moon before embarking on their journey back home. Launched by a Saturn V rocket, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program. It’s been almost 40 years since another human stepped on the moon again. Here are some awesome photos from man’s first journey to the moon: