The world’s first man to set foot on the moon’s surface passed away this weekend at the age of 82.
Neil Armstrong, commander of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission which saw him become the first person on the moon on July 20, 1969, is being laid to rest near his home in Cincinnati, Ohio later next week.
Throughout his lifetime, Armstrong was recognised with a plethora of accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honour and the Congressional Gold Medal.
During that fateful day on July 20, 1969, Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin encouraged over 500 million TV viewers to watch from around the world as Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s lunar surface.
The duo spent almost three hours exploring the moon’s surface, taking samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs for research.
“The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to,” Armstrong once said.
Take a look at this video commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and appreciate the lengths Armstrong and his crew went to, pushing the boundaries of space exploration.
NASA crew member, “Buzz” Aldrin, said: “It is very sad indeed that we’re not able to be together as a crew on the 50th anniversary of the mission… [I will remember him] as a very capable commander.”
Meanwhile, US President, Barack Obama led further tributes, describing Armstrong as “among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time”.
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