RIP Neil Armstrong

The first man to ever walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong passed away today. The astronaut who marked an epochal achievement in exploration with ā€œone small stepā€ from theĀ Apollo 11 lunar moduleĀ on July 20, 1969, becoming the first person to walk on the moon, died Aug. 25 at 82.

His family announced the death in a statement but did not disclose where he died. They attributed it to ā€œcomplications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.ā€Ā Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was in theĀ United States NavyĀ and served in theĀ Korean War. After the war, he served as a test pilot at theNational Advisory Committee for AeronauticsĀ (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station, now known as theĀ Dryden Flight Research Center, where he flew over 900 flights in a variety of aircraft. As a research pilot, Armstrong served as project pilot on theĀ F-100 Super SabreĀ A and C variants,Ā F-101 Voodoo, and theĀ LockheedĀ F-104A Starfighter. He also flew theĀ Bell X-1B,Ā Bell X-5,Ā North American X-15,Ā F-105 Thunderchief,Ā F-106 Delta Dart,Ā B-47 Stratojet,KC-135 Stratotanker, and was one of eight elite pilots involved in theĀ paraglider research vehicle program (Paresev). He graduated fromĀ Purdue UniversityĀ and theĀ University of Southern California.

Armstrong, who had just turned 82, underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.Ā He died on August 25, 2012, at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, from complications following that surgery. He gave the immortal quote “”That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

RIPĀ Neil Alden ArmstrongĀ (born August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012)

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