US Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at age of 82

Neil Armstrong 150x150 US Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies at age of 82The first man ever who set his foot on moon, Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82, as his family members told media on Saturday.

Neil Armstrong was born on Aug. 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and he served in the U.S. Navy and was also a part of the Korean War before becoming an astronaut.

Later, Neil Armstrong served as the test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High Speed Flight Station. He left NASA one year after Apollo 11 mission and becomes a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

Talking to media, a family member said, “We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.”

However, no information was given to media about the place where Neil Armstrong died.

Earlier, it was said in reports that Neil Armstrong will undergo a heart-bypass surgery in August to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

The statement further said, “A reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.” It added, “He served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot and astronaut.”

Meanwhile, Neil Armstrong lead the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the Moon’s surface for the first time on July 20, 1969. he was remembered by saying, “That ‘s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong along with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin spent 2 hours and 30 mins walking on the moon. They collected samples, conducted experiments and took images, and their third fellow astronaut Michael Collins remained in orbit in the command module.

The US President Barack Obama expressed grief over the death of astronaut of Neil Armstrong, calling him a man, “among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time.”

President Barack Obama said, “When Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.”

Further, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said, “Neil Armstrong will be remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.”

He said, “As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong.”

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