Death Comes Just Weeks After Heart Surgery
The astronaut was said to be doing well after surgery. But today came the news that the first man on the moon has passed away.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died today at the age of 82.
"Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news of 'one giant leap for mankind,'" said NBC News. "He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin."
Neil Armstrong was born on Aug. 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
In 1961, President Kennedy challenged the country to pursue the discovery of space.
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth," he said, according to ABC News. "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."
Armstrong was only 30 years old at the time and was a test pilot for NASA. In 1962 he joined the crew that would eventually become the first astronauts.
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first astronauts to step on the moon.
In early August, the astronaut underwent heart surgery just days after his 82nd birthday.
“Neil Armstrong, who lives in the Cincinnati area, went to the hospital on Monday for a stress test," said NBC News on Aug. 8. "He flunked, and on Tuesday, surgeons bypassed four blockages in his coronary arteries."
After Armstrong's surgery, Aldrin tweeted: "Just heard about Neil's heart surgery today-Sending my best wishes for a speedy recovery-We agreed to make it the 50th Apollo Anniv in 2019."
The surgery was said to have gone well, but the death may have had to do with complications. After the surgery, his wife said he was "doing well," but there had been no news since then.
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