First man to walk on the moon leaves the planet again.
Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on any celestial body apart from planet Earth, died yesterday at the age of 82. Armstrong, as every science book in schools will say, was part of the Apollo 11 mission from NASA sent to the moon in 1969, and after their successful landing on 20th July, he became the first man to walk on the moon’s surface.
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” were the first words said by Neil Armstrong that signified human progress, marking the end of the Cold War era, and becoming one of the most famous lines in human history.
Armstrong passed away due to complications from a heart-bypass surgery that he underwent earlier this month. “Some question why America should return to the moon,” Armstrong told a House committee in 2010, always an advocate for space exploration. “‘After all,’ they say, ‘we have already been there.’ I find that mystifying. It would be as if 16th-century monarchs proclaimed that ‘we need not go to the New World, we have already been there.’”
“Today, Neil’s spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown — including those who are ensuring that we reach higher and go further in space,” President Barack Obama said in a White House statement. “That legacy will endure — sparked by a man who taught us the enormous power of one small step.”