Neil Armstrong dead: first man to walk on the moon dies

Neil Armstrong Dies   

Neil Armstrong Dies   

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Aug. 25 2012 5:30 PM

Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk on the Moon, Dies at Age 82

Astronaut Neil Armstrong smiles inside the Lunar Module on July 20, 1969

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UPDATE: Watch footage of Neil Armstrong's moon landing, as well as a 60 Minutes interview, after the jump.

Saturday, August 25 at 3:50 p.m.: The first man to walk on the moon has passed away. Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, according to a family statement that doesn't specify where he passed away, reports the Associated Press. Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery to clear up blocked coronary arteries just two days after his August 5 birthday, notes Reuters.


Armstrong, who so famously uttered the words, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" when he stepped on the moon's surface, was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. He and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours on the moon. He later left NASA to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Armstrong and his wife, Carol, married in 1999 and he had largely avoided the public limelight in recent years, notes NBC News.

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