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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies at 82

Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82, according to NBC News. 

Armstrong recently had heart surgery, according to NBC News. 

Neil Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930 in Wakaponeta, Ohio, according to Wikipedia.com. He was a Naval Aviator and served in the Korean War. After the war, he attended Purdue University, where he met his first wife, Janet Elizabeth Shearon.

The couple had a son, Eric, and daughter, Karen. Karen died in 1959 from an inoperable brain tumor, according to Biography.com. Shearon and Armstrong divorced in 1994, according to Biography.com. 

Armstrong made his way into the history books on July 20, 1969, when he became the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 space mission with fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. According to NBC News, Armstrong spent three hours walking on the moon. 

It was during that moonwalk that he said the now famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Armstrong married his wife second wife, Carol, in 1999, according to NBC News, and the couple lived in Cincinnati, OH.  

Tell us in comments what you think about Neil Armstrong's place in history. 

Mike August 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Equal to Columbus
SPK August 26, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Brave hero
Robert Solari August 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I could remember watching it on a black and white TV. The first thing I wanted to be was an Astronaut. Lol
Margaret Steele August 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I was at music camp in Brevard, NC on July 20, 1969. That night we got to stay up way past Taps as the counselors herded hundreds of us sleepy teens into the open air auditorium, where we squinted at a black & white TV and watched the live broadcast of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the surface of the moon. It's one of the great memories of my life. May he rest in peace.
Chris Clement August 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
A great man lived and a great man has died. I am fortunate to have witnessed the first man walking on the moon in my lifetime. You have always been one of my heroes. Rest in peace.
Keita Edwards-Adams August 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM
RIP Mr. Armstrong @ Mike. He was better than Columbus. Columbus wasn't a hero but a thief and murderer.
Lemme Know August 26, 2012 at 01:43 PM
You zipsky Keita. What did someone beam you back to his period to witness that? If you were there you would have seen that he was a "man of the times" and did what any other explorer did, so educate yourself on the subject before sounding off, OK? That is simply a moronic statement you made here.
Rafael De Oliveira August 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Wow R.I.P Armstrong he was and will be a legend . I think I saw him in the wax museum in Manhattan. Correct me if I'm wrong...
Joseph J Gannon August 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Moronic doesn't cover the Columbus remark. It was inappropriate. Nothing like much of the retro history pap being pushed out by left wing professori. The passing of a hero like Neil Armstrong is not the occasion for such idiocy. RIP, Neil.
sayitsnotsojack August 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
The world does not have many real heroes for our youth to look up to and now it has one less. Next time someone calls an overpaid self-serving oaf of a sports figure, a hero remember Neal Armstrong a real hero.
Smitty Chesterfield August 27, 2012 at 02:00 AM
First, they took your 7 tour de france medals, and now this. RIP
Will McAvoy August 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
it's two different people Smitty
Lucy Mash August 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I was 8 when it happened... I'd look up at the moon in the sky and wanted to see a man there. Little did I know that the moon was so many million miles away and there was no way of seeing the man there with a naked eye. Saw it all on TV. He was a true hero!!
Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Mike, I love that parallel. Sad to think we've lost a modern-day marquee name of exploration and bravery.
Lumpuckeroo September 02, 2012 at 04:54 AM
A black and white memory watching it on TV as it happened. One of mankinds greatest pioneers
Watchdog September 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Smitty, are you OK? Do you know the difference between a bike and a space capsule?

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