The first human being ever to set foot on another world, Neil Armstrong, has died aged 82.
On July 20th 1969 as Commander of Apollo 11, Armstrong emerged from the lunar lander and said "that's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." His words would go on to become one of the most recognizable phrases ever spoken, a testament to the courage of he and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin as they stepped in to the unknown.
Armstrong remained a very private man following his return from the moon and was often regarded as a reluctant hero. "I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks but for the ledger of our daily work," he said in 2005 during an interview.
When asked about the footprints that he and Buzz had left on the lunar surface he said "I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up." On the moon itself he added "It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it."
"US astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday."
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