Neil Armstrong took that one small step when he climbed out of the Apollo 11 lunar module and onto the moon on July 20 1969, but the iconic moment was a “giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, immortalized in history as the first man to set foot on the moon, is dead at 82.
Armstrong’s family released a statement Saturday announcing Armstrong had died from complications from cardiovascular procedures, but did not disclose when or where Armstrong had passed, according to the Washington Post.
Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery just days after his birthday on Aug. 5.
The world’s race to the moon culminated with the Apollo 11 journey on that summer day in 1969. On grainy black and white footage, millions all over the world watched as Armstrong, then 38 years old, and his team of astronauts staked the American flag on the moon’s unexplored, dusty terrain.
Armstrong then uttered one of history’s most famous phrases:
"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."
The moment captured the wonder and hope of a generation, with Armstrong forever immortalized as a forefather space exploration.
Do you remember watching Apollo 11’s journey to the moon? Where were you and what do you remember while watching that moment in history?