The only man who can say that he was the first human on the moon floated up past the stars and into heaven at the age of 82. Reuters says that Neil Armstrong had heart-heart bypass surgery on August 5th, two days before his 82nd birthday, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.
History class time! Stop scribbling peen drawings on your paper bag book cover and pay attention. Neil was the commander of the Apollo 11 mission and he was the first one to step on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the moon, Neil said the words that will forever live in tattoo form on one of my old friends’ ankle (sadly, I’m not joking): “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Apollo 11 mission was Neil’s last mission. After that he, worked as NASA’s deputy associate administrator for aeronautics and later taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Neil lived with his wife Carol in the Cincinnati area.
Rest in peace, Neil (or as my dumb 8-year-old self used to call you, Jeannie’s husband. I really thought Jeannie was married to Neil Armstrong).