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Saturday
Aug252012

Neil Armstrong dead at age 82 

 

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.

Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, a statement on Saturday from his family said. It didn't say where he died.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said.

Neil Armstrong was almost killed in a crash while training for the moon landing. He managed to eject just before, saving his life. The vehicle that crashed is a training vehicle called the LLRV or 'Lunar Landing Research Vehicle'. Is was designed to mimic the 1/6 gravity on the moon. This event occured May 6th 1968. You can find one of these contraptions in the science musem in London tweet me if you want to know where it is as you can miss it with ease.

Rest in peace Neil. Your legacy is immortal.

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