Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to set foot on the moon, has just died at the age of 82.
In addition to being a history-making astronaut, Armstrong served in the Korean War as a member of the US Navy. He joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962, and made his first flight into space four years later. In 1969, Armstrong flew Apollo 11 as the mission commander, and successfully landed and walked on the moon. Armstrong was long thought to have flubbed the line, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”, omitting the ‘a’, but further examination of the audio in 2006 may have proven that he got the line right after all.
After his historic mission to the moon, Armstrong served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and retired for good in 2002. The retired astronaut stopped signing autographs in 1994, discouraged by the fact that his autographs were selling at a high price and encouraging forgeries. In 2005, Armstrong had to sue his own barber, who had sold clippings of the astronaut’s hair without his knowledge. The barber had to pay $3000 to the charity of Armstrong’s choice.
Mr. Armstrong underwent surgery for a coronary artery blockage in early August of this year, but sadly passed away earlier today. He is survived by his sons Eric and Mark, and his second wife Carol Heidi Knight.