Neil Armstrong to be buried at sea

2012-09-06 22:32

Cincinnati - Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, will be buried at sea.

A family spokesperson said on Thursday no other details on the timing or the location of the burial were available. Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the space programme.

A public memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on 13 September. The service at 10:00 EDT (15:00 GMT) will be broadcast live on Nasa Television and streamed on the websites of the cathedral and space agency.

It will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. But reservations still must be made through Nasa.

A private service was held in Ohio for Armstrong, who died 25 August at age 82.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-06 22:43

    RIP big guy.

  • brian.vanderspuy - 2012-09-07 06:28

    Great, now he'll have to share a burial plot with Osama bin Laden... Seriously though, this seems to be in his tradition of admirable humility and avoiding the lime light. He probably didn't want to have his grave become a shrine. He certainly set an example to generations of kings and politicians, about what real human achievement is all about.

  • andrew.molyneaux - 2012-09-07 06:39

    As a young boy of 12 years old I was spellbound by the whole Moon mission and I wrote (yes by hand on a piece of paper and in an envelope and posted it)to NASA and requested a picture of the three crew Members, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. I was ecstatic to receive from NASA an A3 size photo personally signed by the three Space Pioneers. Today it remains one of my prized possessions.

  • andrew.molyneaux - 2012-09-07 06:41

    RIP Sir, and condolences to your loved ones.

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-07 08:05

    Fish need food also

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-09-07 10:30

      I have to commend you for you are a bigger man than I am, I would have killed myself a long time ago if I had the stupidity that matches yours...

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-09-07 11:00

    Big guy should be laid to rest on the moon.

      brian.vanderspuy - 2012-09-07 17:36

      Perhaps they decided that the Atlantic ocean is a good substitute for the Sea of Tranquility.

  • thejane.malakane - 2012-09-08 14:22


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