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Neil Armstrong, Astronaut, First Man on Moon, Passes Away today
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/25/12 3:17 pm | updated: 08/25/12 3:17 pm
 
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away today at the age of 82 a few weeks after heart surgery. He stepped onto the moon with the words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20th 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission.

Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1930. He studied aerospace engineering at Purdue University but was called up to the Navy before he could finish his degree (he eventually returned and graduated in 1955). Armstrong flew 78 missions during the Korean War. After Purdue he became a test pilot and landed at NASA. He flew in Gemini 8 and 11 missions. He is most remembered for the accomplishments of the Apollo 11 mission, the landing on the moon and the safe return.

He is one of the true American heroes.

 
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