Remembering Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has stepped into eternity. Armstrong died Saturday at the age of 82 following complications “resulting from cardiovascular procedures,” his family said. The world’s most famous astronaut had undergone cardiac bypass surgery Aug. 7. Armstrong was “a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” Armstrong’s family said in a statement. “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.” Millions around the world were glued to their TV sets as Armstrong carefully climbed down the ladder and set his left foot on the surface of the moon. It was one of the most defining moments in the history of television, and Armstrong captured it perfectly with an iconic phrase that echoed through the cosmos. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Armstrong said. In a case of cosmic interference, Armstrong insisted his famous phrase was misinterpreted. He claimed he said “a” before man, but admitted he too couldn’t hear it in the version heard by millions.