Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rest In Peace Moon's Mystery Man : Neil Armstrong

An undated image of US astronaut Neil Armstrong. - AFP PHOTO/NASA
Associated Press/NASA - Neil Armstrong (AP Photo/NASA)

The famous astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon has died at the age of 82, following complications from cardiovascular surgery. His remarkable first words upon stepping on the lunar surface. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Armstrong commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon  in 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions and becoming the 1st man to walk on the moon. But the pioneer, who received  numerous US honors, was never comfortable with his own fame, shying away from the limelight. Armstrong and his fellow astronaut  Buzz collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

Neil Armstrong studied for Aeronautical Engineering at Purdue University in Indians and pursued Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California. In 1955, Armstrong joined ,the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator and later NASA over the next 17 years. After retirement in 1971, he lectured aerospace engineering at University of Cincinnati

Armstrong's family had a simple request to the public in memory of his life. "Honour his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink".

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