Remembering Neil Armstrong

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FILE - In this March 6, 1966 file photo Astronaut Neil Armstrong, pilot for the Gemini VIII mission is shown. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP PhotoFILE)
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Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong, his wife, Jan and sons, Ricky and Mark, are engulfed by ticker tape as they rode down Houston’s Main Street in the parade honoring the astronauts, Aug. 16, 1969, Houston, Tex. (AP Photo)
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Former astronaut Neil Armstrong walks past a statue of himself as he takes the stage for the dedication ceremony of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007. Armstrong, a Purdue alum, became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969. (AP PhotoMichael Conroy)
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FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP PhotoNASA)
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FILE - In this March 16, 1966 file photo Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott arrive, March 16, 1966 at Complex 19 for a simulated test in preparation for flight. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP PhotoFILE)
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FILE - In this 1969 photo provided by NASA the crew of the Apollo 11 mission is seen. From left are Neil Armstrong, Mission Commander, Michael Collins, Lt. Col. USAF, and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, also known as Buzz Aldrin, USAF Lunar Module pilot. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP PhotoNASA)
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The three Apollo 11 astronauts are pictured the 10th anniversary of their landing on the Moon, standing beside a lunar lander of the type which Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong used to land on the Moon, Friday, July 20, 1979, Washington, D.C. From left are Michael Collins, who orbited overhead in the command ship Columbia Armstrong and Aldrin. (AP PhotoHarvey Georges)
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A mother carries her little girl out past the barricades into the parade line so the child can touch Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong during the parade, Aug. 16, 1969, Houston, Tex. In the auto behind Armstrong is fellow moon walker Edwin E. Aldrin. Barely visible in the third car is Michael Collins. (AP Photo)
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The Apollo 11 astronauts stand beside their spaceship Columbia the 10th anniversary of their landing on the Moon, Friday, July 20, 1979, Washington, D.C. Clasping hands near the ship which took them to the Moon, from left are: Neil Armstrong Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins. (AP PhotoHarvey Georges)
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong, sitting atop a convertible, greets a hometown folk as he arrives at the Wapakoneta High School to start a round of homecoming festivities on Sept. 6, 1969. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in a farm house just outside Wapakoneta, Ohio. (AP Photo)
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1962 file photo, Neil Armstrong, one of the nine astronauts, is shown as he was introduced to the press, along with the other astronauts in Houston. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP PhotoFILE)
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FILE - In this July 16, 1969 file photo, Neil Armstrong waving in front, heads for the van that will take the crew to the rocket for launch to the moon at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP PhotoFILE)
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Apollo 11 astronaut Neil A. Armstrong autographs a notebook for Mrs. Frances Brown of Webster, as the oldest Armstrong boy, Eric, 12, looks on. Mrs. Brown was Eric?s teacher at school last year, and was on hand, August 14, 1969 at Ellington AFB in Houston, Texas to welcome the astronauts back home. (AP Photo)
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong shown seated during a suiting up exercise March 9, 1966 at Cape Kennedy, Florida, in preparation for the Gemini 8 flight. (AP photostf)
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Apollo II Lunar Module Pilot, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, front, and spacecraft Commander Neil Armstrong, rear, practice lunar surface activities at the Manned Spacecraft Center, April 18, 1969, Houston, Tex. Aldrin is using a scoop to collect samples of the surface while Armstrong takes pictures the Lunar Module in the background. The astronauts are in space suits. Breathing oxygen, pressurization temperature controls are provided by the backpack. Apollo II, scheduled for launch on July 16, the first U.S. space mission designed to put two astronauts on the Moon and return safely to Earth. (AP PhotoNASA)
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Apollo 11 spaceflight commander and first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, blows a kiss to his sons, Eric, 12, and Mark, 6, who were on hand to welcome home their famous dad when the astronauts arrived at Ellington AFB, Houston, Tex., on July 27, 1969. Armstrong fellow space travelers, Michael Collins, left, and Edwin E. Aldrin, right, wait to chat with their families. (AP Photo)
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, file photo provided by NASA, Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks at a celebration dinner honoring John Glenn in Columbus, Ohio. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is recovering from heart surgery days after his 82nd birthday, a NASA spokesman said Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP PhotoNASA, Bill Ingalls, File)
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Astronauts Neil Armstrong, left, and David Scott say goodbye in Honolulu, March 19, 1966 as they walk to the plane that was to take them to Cape Kennedy, Fla., for 10 days of examinations and debriefings on the aborted flight of Gemini 7. The astronauts spent about 18 hours in Hawaii after flying in from Okinawa where a destroyer which had picked them out of the ocean landed them. (AP Photo)

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Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82. Read his full obituary here.

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