Astronaut Neil Armstrong dead at 82
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon as commander of the Apollo 11 mission, has died at age 82.
A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died.
Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on Aug. 5, 1930, Armstrong went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of ``one giant leap for mankind.''
Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin ``Buzz'' Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
After the first manned lunar landing mission in 1969, Armstrong subsequently held the position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
He became a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 to 1979. And, from 1982 to1992, Armstrong was chair of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc., Charlottesville, Va.