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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. 

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 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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