Neil Alden Armstrong is perhaps the most famous astronaut to have ever lived. He was the first person to set foot on the Moon, followed by Buzz Aldrin, on 21 July 1969. Born in August 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, he developed a passion for flying and as a young high school student took flying lessons at the local airport. Later in life Armstrong received Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and was a fully qualified Naval Aviator. He joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962 and was the command pilot of The Gemini 8 and mission commander of the Apollo 11 space flight. He is most famous for his first steps on the moon and the iconic quote “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong survived many dangerous situations in his life, including participation in the Korean War and a hazardous and potentially life threatening attempt to land on the moon. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 82. Neil Armstrong underwent an operation on August 7, 2012 to reopen blocked coronary arteries. Unfortunately, complications arose from this surgery which led to his death. He passed away on August 25, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil Armstrong was greatly honoured after his passing with the President of the United States issuing this statement “Neil Armstrong is among the greatest of American heroes—not just of his time, but of all time.” His family described him as “reluctant American hero [who had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut …” Buzz Aldrin expressed regret that his friend would not be there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Armstrong was cremated and his ashes buried at sea according to naval tradition.