Neil Armstrong died at 82

The famous Apollo 11 American astronaut, Neil A. Armstrong is confirmed dead at age 82  Saturday due to complications from heart- bypass surgery, his family had reported. He is known as the first person to walk in the moon July 20, 1969.

Neil Armstrong died 2012
Photo: Neil Armstrong, 1st walk in the moon

I remember from my childhood on how great Armstrong was as he leaped mankind on top. Reaching for a goal without hesitations.

As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: "“That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." One of the  famous line we ever had.

On NASA's Google+ page, Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following official statement regarding Neil Armstrong's passing:

"On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.

Obama said that Armstrong "was among the greatest of American heroes - not just of his time, but of all time. ...

The Apollo 11 astronauts' euphoric moonwalk provided Americans achieving respect in th space race with Cold War foe the Soviet Union and while Washington was engaged in a bloody war with the communists in Vietnam.

Armstrong was 38 years old at the time and even though he had fulfilled one of mankind's age-old quests that placed him at the pinnacle of human achievement, he did not reveal in his accomplishment. He even seemed frustrated by the acclaim it brought.

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