Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

National Air and Space Museum director Gen. JR "Jack" Dailey, Mission Control creator and former Johnson Space Center director Dr. Christopher Kraft, Apollo 11 crew members Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Maj. Gen. Michael Collins, Sen. John Glenn and Smithsonian Institution Secretary Dr. G. Wayne Clough in front of the Lunar Module at the National Air and Space Museum on July 19, 2009. (Photo by Mark Avino)

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was the first person to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969, as well as an American astronauttest pilotaerospace engineer, university professor and United States Naval Aviator. He died in Cincinnatti, Ohio on August 25 from complications of arterosclerosis.

“The world has lost an icon, and America a hero who has inspired millions with his accomplishments, courage, and modesty.” said Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough, adding, “I had the privilege to meet him at our Air and Space Museum on the anniversary of the moon landing. It was an honor  and the Smithsonian will continue to tell the story of the brave men and women who explore our universe.”

Posted: 27 August 2012
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