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First man on moon Neil Armstrong has died

2012-08-25 21:18

Washington - Former US astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, US media reported on Saturday.

Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on 20 July 1969.

As he stepped on the moon's dusty surface, Armstrong said: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named Nasa's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.

He left Nasa a year later to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol.

Comments
  • sazi.radebe - 2012-08-25 21:28

    Oh no Neil..RIP to one of the bravest people in the world. You really took that giant leap for us!

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-08-25 22:44

      A giant amongst us. RIP. Makes me think of Mr Gorsky: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_was_Armstrong_reference_about_his_neighbor_at_moon

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-26 13:30

      RIP big guy.

  • amanda.schade - 2012-08-25 21:32

    Giant leap for mankind, now giant leap to peace. RIP.

  • veldt66 - 2012-08-25 21:33

    Bravo to the guys who made that rocket because without it Neil would have just enjoyed the summits of mountains & hills

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-25 21:57

      Spoken like a true troll.

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-08-25 22:05

      You would have soiled your little spacesuit before you even made it halfway up the stairs to the simulator.

      giovanni.izar - 2012-08-25 22:38

      Doos!

  • matthew.lawrence.50552338 - 2012-08-25 21:42

    A true hero, your shuttle to the stars awaits.

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-08-25 21:44

    RIP Officer and Gentleman. You left more than footprints on the moon in your life.

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-25 21:48

    One of the world's heros - RIP Neil

  • drummond.doig1 - 2012-08-25 21:52

    Sleep well Neil

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-08-25 21:55

    . . . and the Giant leap for mankind will continue RIP Neil.

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-08-25 21:59

    Was he really there?

      kabelo.moshime - 2012-08-25 23:02

      No hey..he landed on the f#cking sun..

      johan.jacobs.5268 - 2012-08-25 23:06

      Yes, he was there. Believe it.

      dewald.holtzhausen - 2012-08-25 23:16

      no one has been there!

      byron.a.nicholas - 2012-08-26 00:17

      Do you dispute only the first moon mission or all of them? If all of them then you can with some effort find out

      piet.strydom - 2012-08-26 09:17

      deabreu - Actually there were six landings....

      jacovniek - 2012-08-26 11:17

      Can someone please explain how the mirrors got there then? ...if there was no moon landing how come there is a flag and mirrors. Oh, for your uninformed interest, a laser is bounced from the mirrors to accurately measure the distance between moon/earth. (That is now if you can believe that the laser beam actually reaches the moon and isn't gobbled up by the intergalactic cookie monster and then uses his supersonic mind control to fool the unsuspecting earth creatures.) :-)

      merven.halo - 2012-08-26 11:49

      "No hey..he landed on the f#cking sun.." Luckily he followed Julius' advice and went at night time.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-25 22:03

    We salute you sir

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-25 22:04

    R.I.P condolences to the family and NASA

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-08-25 22:09

    if you want to really appreciate what an amazing man he was, read First Man, the only authorised biography. He had his flying license before his driving license.

  • Leah - 2012-08-25 22:10

    RIP Neil. One of the few true heroes. Sorry to see you go

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-25 22:15

    Will always cherish that wintry day in 1969 when after the sun had set, we got outdoors to look for the sign of 'man on the moon'. Some of us thought they saw a figure stir whilst others ridiculed the idea of man reaching that far?\r\nHow many songs did I sing in Neil's honour? He really opened the window for mankind to see mysteries only before imagined.\r\nMay his soul know eternal bliss.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-25 22:58

      ..well said .. been there too.. like with Sputnik in 1957!! saw it in real.

  • noelene.kotschan - 2012-08-25 22:20

    Neil, you inspired so many "Persetellers' when you visited South Africa. What an amazing man, you will truely missed. RIP

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-25 22:24

    We salute you! One of the pioneers of the human race. ....."One giant step for mankind........."

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-25 22:36

    A true hero. A new star shines in the heavens.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-25 22:38

    To infinity and beyond!!

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-08-25 22:53

    Sad week for the Armstrong surname in the US, isn't it?

  • ettiene.j.marx - 2012-08-25 23:07

    I still want to know who was the person behind the camera making the video of neil getting out of the apollo.And now that secret is forever gone.rip neil

      andrew.newman.98837 - 2012-08-26 17:22

      Wow, Peabrain, that's a real mystery. How did they do that? It boggles the mind. No point using the internet to find out, surely it won't have that kind of information. What about the cameraman who ran alongside Usain Bolt. He's fast hey. Wouldn't he be faster than Usain considering he's carrying a camera an all? Guess we'll never know. Its all a secret.

  • mtlhavanirecksons - 2012-08-25 23:10

    You will 4ever b lauded Sir!

  • andre.krige - 2012-08-25 23:23

    The first moon landing , well where were the rest of them?? Come on . The Americans love to lie and cover up. Conspiracy? Whatever .look at the hard facts . They never lie... Well Neil I suppose you will be one of the few that know the truth ...

      andrew.newman.98837 - 2012-08-26 17:29

      What's wrong Andre. Was it all to much for you to take in. Is it impossible for you to find out about the other missions or is it just easier to believe a lie that conforms to your bias?

  • Mzuvukile Zendile - 2012-08-25 23:43

    if liars go to hell then this guys is on a fast rocket straight there! he never landed on the moon!

      philjoubert - 2012-08-26 13:33

      So... You judged a person you've never met, without a science degree to analyse the moon landing. Good for you.\r\n\r\nWait, no country, not even Russia has denied the landing. Not even the Japanese that have taken pictures with an orbiting telescope of the Apollo 16 rover and it's tracks... Or the reflector placed there so that we can measure the speed of light.

  • skaapie.nku - 2012-08-25 23:43

    may da soul of da legend rest in peace...sad

  • Makgala Ramatsa - 2012-08-26 06:27

    May his soul rest in peace, we will always study for his gud work.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-26 07:22

    My hero, my inspiration - RIP you great and humble man.

  • simon.bosman.792 - 2012-08-26 10:50

    SAD SAD DAY

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