Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was the first person to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969, as well as an American astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor and United States Naval Aviator. He died in Cincinnatti, Ohio on August 25 from complications of arterosclerosis.
“The world has lost an icon, and America a hero who has inspired millions with his accomplishments, courage, and modesty.” said Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, adding, “I had the privilege to meet him at our Air and Space Museum on the anniversary of the moon landing. It was an honor and the Smithsonian will continue to tell the story of the brave men and women who explore our universe.”
Posted: 27 August 2012