Space Legend Neil Armstong Dead At 82

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Updated Mon, Aug 27, 2012 10:10 am

UPDATE 10:10 A.M. A private service is planned in Cincinnati on Friday for astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

He died Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82.
 
No other information was released immediately, other than that the service would be private. A spokesman for his family said a public, national memorial service at another time is a possibility.
 
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman will speak at Friday's service. Portman has called the Ohio native "a good friend and adviser."
 
Portman is in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. A spokeswoman says his office is working on flight arrangements to get him back to Cincinnati in time.
 
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

 

UPDATE 8:45 A.M. People wanting to honor Neil Armstrong and see an exhibit dedicated to his space exploit were waiting outside the doors for a Cincinnati museum to open the day after his death.

Museum officials say more than 2,000 visitors viewed the exhibit at the Museum of Natural History & Science at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Sunday.
 
Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died Saturday in Cincinnati at 82. The Ohioan commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon on July 20, 1969.
 
Armstrong chose the Cincinnati museum to receive a moon rock from his Apollo 11 mission.  The rock is on permanent display with replicas of Armstrong's Apollo 11 space suit and tools.
 
The museum is offering free admission through Labor Day in his honor.

 

The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he 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.

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. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.

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