Neil Armstrong

3:21am

Sun August 26, 2012
Remembrances

In Just 'One Small Step' Armstrong Became An Icon

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

Armstrong stepped into history July 20, 1969, leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon.
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It was the kind of history that ignites the imagination of humanity.

On July 20, 1969, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched or listened as the lunar module Eagle carried astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon. Armstrong got on the radio to let them know "the Eagle has landed."

Almost seven hours later, Armstrong stepped off the ladder in his bulky white space suitand said those famous words: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"

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3:12pm

Sat August 25, 2012
Remembrances

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 6:16 pm

Transcript

LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Laura Sullivan, in for Guy Raz.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

NEIL ARMSTRONG: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

SULLIVAN: Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. He died today at the age of 82 after complications from a heart procedure. He was the first of just 12 Americans to step on the moon from 1969 to 1972.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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3:12pm

Sat August 25, 2012
Remembrances

Neil Armstrong: An 'Exemplary Life'

Originally published on Sat August 25, 2012 6:16 pm

Transcript

LAURA SULLIVAN, HOST:

James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us as he does most Saturdays. Jim, let me get your thoughts on the passing of Neil Armstrong.

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1:45pm

Sat August 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 3:28 pm

Armstrong in the lunar module after the historic moonwalk.
AP NASA

Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, known for his words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," has died. The first man ever to walk on the moon was 82.

Update at 5:15 p.m. ET:

Armstrong's family has released a statement, saying he died following cardiovascular procedures. NASA published it here. They say, "Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job."

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