First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has died. Armstrong will forever be known as the commander of the Apollo 11 space mission, and his historic space walk on July 20, 1969. It was on this occasion that Armstrong uttered with would forever be his catch phrase, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Apollo mission proved to be Armstrong’s only space mission; he was reassigned to a desk job as NASA’s deputy associate administrator for aeronautics after his return from the mission. Later, he would take a position as a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.