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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dead at 82

| by Alex Groberman

Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever walk on the moon's surface, died on Saturday at age 82.

Armstrong, an American hero, commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon in 1969. The iconic phrase he uttered that day, “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” went on to live in infamy.

NBC News is reporting that he died from complications related to an operation he had three weeks ago.  

"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," Armstrong's family said in a statement released a little while ago.

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"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."

Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Richard Nixon in 1969, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, and the Congressional Gold Medal from assorted leaders of Congress in 2009.

(Kudos CBS, NBC)