Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82on August 25, 2012 @ 11:28 am (Updated: 11:40 pm - 8/25/12 )
One of America's best-known astronauts, Armstrong underwent heart bypass surgery earlier in August to repair blocked coronary arteries. His family said in a press release that he died as a result of complications from the surgery.
Armstrong began his career as a Naval Aviator in 1950, interrupting his college classes at Purdue University to serve in the Korean War.
After his service, Armstrong applied to be an experimental research test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California, where he flew many of the airplanes that led to developing shuttle technology. By 1958 he was selected for a special program to fly planes developed by the military to operate in space. After that Armstrong was continually selected for service in advanced testing and space flight programs.
Finally, Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969 when he became the first man to walk on the moon as the commander of the Apollo 11 mission.
That was when he spoke some of the most famous words in U.S. history:
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Only twelve other Americans walked the moon between 1969 and 1972 when the NASA shuttle program was at its most active.
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