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Neil Armstrong Dies at age of 82

Add another famous American death to 2012. The first man who stepped on the moon has died at the age of 82.

 

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Armstrong, the commander of the Apollo 11 which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, died of cardiovascular complications. He had had a heart bypass earlier in the month. His family did not say where he passed away.

He was a soft spoken man, but his word will life in American history books forever. The words he spoke when he first stepped on the moon in 1969.

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Nearly 600 million around the world were watching or listening when Armstrong made those comments.

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