Neil Armstrong, the first men to set foot on the Moon, died Saturday, 25th, at the age of 82. According to his family, Armstrong died sue to complications from recent heart surgery.
NASA Administrator Statement on Neil Armstrong’s Death
WASHINGTON — The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.
“On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of the Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong.As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.
“Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
“As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong.We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.“
Buzz Aldrin, fellow member of the Apollo 11 mission and the second man on the Moon
I was fortunate enough to be one of those crew members and to fly with an outstanding test pilot Neil Armstrong and accompany him in the Lunar Module Eagle, so it’s very sad indeed that we’re not able to be together as a crew on the 50th anniversary which I have been looking forward to that in 2019.
And I think the entire space, aerospace world will be very saddened to hear this news today – we’re missing a great spokesman and leader in the space programme.
in BBC News
Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He served in the in the Korean War and, after that, he joined the organization that would become NASA. In 1962, he joined the astronaut program and was command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII, in 1966. He was spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, and the first man to walk on the moon. He died in 2012.