NASA Official Photo - Neil Armstrong
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to step foot on the moon, passed away today at the age of 82. Mr. Armstrong's family released a statement today saying he had died from complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures performed on August 8th, just three days after his 82nd birthday.
NASA Administrator Statement on Neil Armstrong's Death
RELEASE # 12-601 - Saturday, August 25, 2012
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong. He was 82.
"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.
"Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
"As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero."
Additional information about Armstrong is available on the Web at:
Bob Jacobs/David Weaver
* FOX News has a great write-up and 6 minute video HERE on remembering Mr. Armstrong’s life.
We do truly mourn the passing of another true American Hero. Mr. Armstrong, thank you for all you have done for this great country of ours throughout your life. Not a bad ride, sir… not a bad ride at all.
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