"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".  That phrase was made famous by Neil Armstrong in 1969 when he became the first man to walk on the moon and made history.

Today, Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.  He was 82 years old.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said.

In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of a heated space race with the then-Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called "a tender moment" and left a patch to commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.

Here is historic video of Armstrong on the moon.

 

 

Today we lost a true American hero who will be forever etched in the history books at the first man to walk on the moon.  Armstrong is truly resting in peace now up in the stars where he loved to be.