Neil Armstrong

 

 

Age: 82

 

Summary: retired NASA astronaut best known as the self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a U.S. astronaut he took the first human step on the moon on July 20, 1969 and commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon that day in the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions, but whose first words "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and in the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from heart bypass surgery

 

Born: August 5, 1930

 

Died: August 25, 2012

 

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio