Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away Saturday. He was 82. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930 and began his NASA career in Ohio.
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures,” Armstrong family said in a statement issued Saturday, August 25.
After serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955.
His first assignment was with the NACA Lewis Research Center (now NASA Glenn) in Cleveland. Over the next 17 years, he was an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to 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,” said NASA administrator Charles Bolden regarding the death of former test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Armstrong led the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on moon July 20, 1969.
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