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Footprints on the Moon: Neil Armstrong Dead at 82

Where were you when the first man on the moon made his “leap for mankind?”

Neil Armstrong took that one small step when he climbed out of the Apollo 11 lunar module and onto the moon on July 20 1969, but the iconic moment was a “giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, immortalized in history as the first man to set foot on the moon, is dead at 82.

Armstrong’s family released a statement Saturday announcing Armstrong had died from complications from cardiovascular procedures, but did not disclose when or where Armstrong had passed, according to the Washington Post.

Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery just days after his birthday on Aug. 5.

The world’s race to the moon culminated with the Apollo 11 journey on that summer day in 1969.  On grainy black and white footage, millions all over the world watched as Armstrong, then 38 years old, and his team of astronauts staked the American flag on the moon’s unexplored, dusty terrain.

Armstrong then uttered one of history’s most famous phrases:

"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."

The moment captured the wonder and hope of a generation, with Armstrong forever immortalized as a forefather space exploration.

Do you remember watching Apollo 11’s journey to the moon? Where were you and what do you remember while watching that moment in history? 

Ariel Carmona Jr August 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I was not yet born, though many times I wish I had been so I could have watched it with the rest of the world
Ron Cooper August 26, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I remember that day quite well. July 20th just happens to be my birthday and I was living in San Francisco's Mission District on Richland Avenue. Myself and a few close friends were celebrating the occasion of my birthday by snacking on some very special brownies and smoking some rather potent herb. Our black and white television set was turned on and tuned to the alleged lunar landing, with the volume muted. The sound track for the event was Neil Young and Crazy Horse's classic album, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." I will never forget the moment that Neil Armstrong began his historic descent down the ladder from the Lunar Landing Module and onto the surface of the moon. The scene was surreal as, at that precise moment in time, the stereo began blasting the introduction to the song, "Cowgirl In The Sand." I still get chills listening to that opening riff! For those of you too young to remember the song I'm talking about, here is a YouTube link to help you appreciate my musical association with Armstrong's purported accomplishment: http://tinyurl.com/Cowgirl-Intro Did it actually happen or was it all just a dream? Regardless, I will tip my hat to the two Neil's who each impacted my life on that day -- Armstrong and Young. RIP Neil Armstrong -- Thanks for the memories!

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