Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon, Dies at 82
"We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures," Armstrong's family said in a statement. "While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves."
Along with fellow American astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Armstrong took off on a 250,000 mile journey into space on Apollo 11 in July 1969. After four days, the crew finally descended onto the moon, and Armstrong uttered his famous words: "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."
"As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden. "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."
Watch Armstrong's first walk on the moon:
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