Sad news to report. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.
Armstrong had heart surgery several weeks ago, and his family said that he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.
“Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” his family said in a statement. “He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.” Armstrong made history when he set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969.
The family statement continued:
While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves,” his family added. “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
The family described him as “our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.” Keeping them in our thoughts and prayers! RIP Neil Armstrong.
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