Washington: Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to walk on the moon, has died aged 82 as the result of cardiovascular complications following surgery.
The former US astronaut, who will go down on history as the most famous pioneer of space exploration. As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, he became the first person to set foot on the moon, on 20 July 1969, fulfilling the long held dream of the United States to get there before the Soviet Union.
His first words as he stepped on to the surface of the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – instantly became one of the most recognisable phrases ever uttered.
Armstrong underwent heart bypass surgery earlier this month on 5 August, to relieve blocked arteries.
Paying a tribute to Armstrong, the family said, “For those who may ask what they can do to honour Neil, we have a simple request. 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.”