August 25, 2012
American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82 years, announced Saturday the U.S. television network NBC News.
Apollo 11 - Astronaut Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong had heart surgery earlier this month. Aboard the shuttle Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin teammate had walked on the moon July 20, 1969.
As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, July 20, 1969. "That's one small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind," he had then said.
First Moon Landing 1969
The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.
Neil Armstrong in 2011
He left NASA a year later to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati. The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol.
NASA - Biography of Neil Armstrong: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/bios/neilabio.html
NASA - Who Is Neil Armstrong ?: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/who-is-neil-armstrong-k4.html
Apollo 11 -- First Footprint on the Moon: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/home/F_Apollo_11.html
Images, Video, Text, Credits : NASA / Reuters.
All my condolence to the family and friends, former colleagues and to its friend astronauts. Orbiter.ch