“As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s
first small step on a world beyond our own”, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
“Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.
“As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.”
As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Neil Armstrong was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, his two sons, a step son and step daughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and a sister.