Sunday, August 26, 2012


Former astronaut and more famously known as the first man ever in the history to step on the soil of the moon, Neil Armstrong will forever be a figure icon that leaves a huge impact on the aerospace exploration. It comes to my attention that Armstrong has passed away at the age of 82. According to the news report, "Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries."

In 1969, Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 mission along side Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, in an expedition to the moon. Armstrong created history by becoming the first human being ever to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. A man known for his work ethic, spirit and devotion, remarked one of the most popular quote ever - "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" right after setting his foot on the dusty rock of the earth's very own and only satellite.


Following his retirement, Armstrong has lived silently in Ohio with his wife, Carol Held Knight. Armstrong had three children with his first wife, Janet Shearon. He is survived by his two sons, Eric and Mark. His daughter, Karen, died of pneumonia in 1962.

My deepest condolences go out to his family members and friends.