It’s a sad loss, that we’re going to tell. Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, past away at the age of 82 after complications from heart surgery three weeks earlier.
Armstrong has been immortalized in human history as the first human to set foot on a celestial body beyond Earth. His greatest accomplishment very nearly speaks for itself along with help from fellow NASA astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” he radioed back to Earth from the moon on July 20, 1969. He changed the landscape of space exploration through a set of footprints. It’s still important to stress his accomplishments both before and after the historic Apollo 11 flight, though. He was instrumental to the Gemini and X-series test programs in the years before Apollo, and followed his moonshot with roles in teaching aerospace engineering as well as investigating the Apollo 13 and Space Shuttle Challenger incidents.
What more can we say? Although he only spent a very small portion of his life beyond Earth’s atmosphere, he’s still widely considered the greatest space hero in the US, if not the world, and inspired a whole generation of astronauts. We’ll miss him.
Source : NBC