Neil Armstrong, first person to set foot on moon, dies at 82

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person ever to set foot on the moon, has died at age 82.

Neil Armstrong has passed beyond the stars. RIP. Neil. You, and the ones that followed, symbolized the Human Spirit.

— Steven L. Sears (@FSUWriter) August 25, 2012

Armstrong, a Korean War veteran, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in 1930 and was the command pilot on NASA’s 1966 Gemini 8 mission. On July 21, 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission which took man to the moon, he spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong died from complications from heart operations he had 3 weeks ago, NBC News' Jay Barbree reports – @NBCNews

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) August 25, 2012

A pioneer, brave, fearless and unique. Neil Armstrong is one of the greatest human beings ever to have walked on this planet. RIP.

— D (@Superdan_484) August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, Your footprints made history. May this newest frontier bring you peace. Rest in Peace Neil.

— Moon Ranger Laura (@moonrangerlaura) August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong – Actual definitive gold plated legend. The man who visited the heavens has been asked to return… #RIP

— Susan (@TheSueDenym) August 25, 2012

One giant loss for mankind. Rest in peace Neil Armstrong.

— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 25, 2012

And while we were busy scrapping about trivial nonsense, Neil Armstrong –WHO WALKED ON THE MOON — passed away. #RIP

— Joey Esposito (@joeyesposito) August 25, 2012

Right to the end Neil Armstrong was the humblest man on Earth (or the Moon). Didn't do interviews, didn't want to be considered a hero.

— Larry Richman (@larry411) August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong has died, aged 82. Manually flew a spaceship and landed it on the Moon. Relaunched it with a bit of a pen. Beat that.

— Warren Ellis (@warrenellis) August 25, 2012

A man who defined the term Real American Hero. One of the bravest men of this-or any-era. Truly out of this world. Godspeed, Neil Armstrong.

— JOHN GIANNONE (@jaygeemsg) August 25, 2012

RIP Neil Armstrong took under 10 minutes to trend worldwide. The impact of an inspirational dream held by the world, experienced by so few.

— Jane MacArthur (@Jane_MacArthur) August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, RIP. He embodied the American virtues of courage, modesty, and excellence at his craft. Godspeed.

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 25, 2012

Will never forget "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind."God bless Neil Armstrong.A great inspiration and American hero.R.I.P

— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) August 25, 2012

Deeply saddened by the loss of Neil Armstrong, a legend, an inspiration, and one of Ohio’s proudest sons

— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) August 25, 2012

Ohio and the world lost a brave pioneer today. Thanks for giving us the moon, Neil Armstrong. God bless.

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) August 25, 2012

POTUS: "Today, Neil's spirit of discovery lives on in all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploring the unknown"

— Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong today takes his place in the hall of heroes. The moon will miss its first son of earth.

— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time. Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step. -bo

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 25, 2012

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