Neil Alden Armstrong ( August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012)Neil Armstrong, famed astronaut and first man on the moon has died at the age of 82 today. Along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Armstrong made the July 20, 1969 lunar landing. Forever etched into the minds of Americans, and the world over, is the commander of Apollo 11 stepping onto the surface of the moon, declaring, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Born in Wapakoneta, OH, the astronaut served as a Navy fighter pilot flying approximately 80 missions during the Korean War. He served as a test pilot for NASA and was commander of Gemini 8, saving lives during an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean in 1966.
The quiet hero, who underwent heart surgery earlier this month, was an Aeronautical Engineering student at Purdue University.
Armstrong died from post surgery related complications and is survived by his wife Carol and two sons.
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