Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong

An image by Buzz Aldrin of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, July 20, 1969. Image credit: NASA

Neil Armstrong died this past Saturday, August 25, at age 82.  The astronaut, who made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was the first person to land on the moon.

As commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Armstrong traveled 238,900 miles (10+05) to reach the 4.5 billion year-old satellite (10+09) on July 20, 1969.

NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr. said, “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.”

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