A NASA photo of astronaut and American hero Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969 when he became the first man to walk on the moon.

Neil Armstrong, first human being to set foot on the Moon in the historic landing of the Eagle lunar lander on July 20, 1969,  died today from complications after heart surgery. He was 82. It was Armstrong who composed and first uttered the famous quote: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

It’s hard to overstate Armstrong’s courage and his contribution to the dreams, aspirations and future of all humanity.  He was one of Earth’s greatest heroes.

Amstrong’s family announced his death in a written statement:

“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.  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.”

Rest in peace, Neil.  And thank you, from all of us.

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