Nasa to honour astronaut Armstrong

2012-09-05 13:31
Nasa administrator Charles Bolden will lead Nasa in honouring astronaut Neil Armstrong. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Nasa administrator Charles Bolden will lead Nasa in honouring astronaut Neil Armstrong. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Washington - A memorial service for Neil Armstrong, the US astronaut who became the first human being to set foot on the moon, will be held in the US capital Washington on 13 September, Nasa said.

Nasa chief Charles Bolden, present and former astronauts and other dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral in honour of Armstrong, who died on 25 August at the age of 82.

Armstrong strode into the history books on 20 July 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon, famously calling it "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Washington cathedral includes the famous stained glass Space Window, housing a moon rock brought back by Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin from their Apollo 11 mission.

The service next week is scheduled to begin at 14:00 GMT.

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