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On August 25, 2012, US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the Moon, died at the age of 82. Armstrong took his famous first step on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, even as he described the momentous event as "one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind". Armstrong died from complications he had developed following cardiovascular complications. He had a heart surgery a few weeks before his death. In November 2011, he had received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the US.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and his partner Buzz Aldrin made history and were the first people to walk on the moon. Over half a billion people - about a sixth of the world's population - sat glued to their televisions as they watched images of Armstrong descend from the lunar landing ship Eagle, on to the moon. Within a span of twenty minutes Buzz Aldrin, joined Armstrong on the lunar surface while their crewmember, Michael Collins, hovered over the moon in the Apollo 11 command ship, Columbia.

Neil Armstrong was born in 1930 and was raised in Ohio. His first flight was at the age of six with his father. Armstrong grew up to fly Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s. He joined the US space program at NASA in 1962. Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil Armstrong's death was mourned by millions across the world.

“Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time. When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation… And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten”— President Barack Obama
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