Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies

Half a billion people watched as the astronaut walked the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.
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On July 20 1969. Nearly a quarter a million miles from the earth. You learn strong stepped -- -- history. That's what all of program. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- An estimated one out of six people on earth were glued to their televisions the largest audience up until that time. As Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. He and crew made Buzz Aldrin spent two hours and 21 minutes walking taking photographs and raising the American flag. I have become a blast occurred. On it put -- -- America. -- -- -- -- -- -- Born in small town Ohio Armstrong became a -- pilot after college flying dozens of combat missions during the Korean War. Years as a test pilot followed before NASA made in an astronaut 1962. Four years later Armstrong commanded the -- 98 mission performed the first successful docking at two vehicles in space. He's next and last mission was Apollo eleven -- destination the moon. Moved forward after another I hope. With Americans divided over the Vietnam War the moon landing at least for one night brought a beleaguered country together. Armstrong and Aldrin touched down -- lunar surface with less than thirty seconds of fuel remaining. -- -- Back quality paper here hey -- airplane. When the mission was over at the crew was greeted by crowds around the world. After leaving NASA in 1971 Armstrong worked in academia and corporate America but remain passionate about exploration. There are great ideas undiscovered. That -- places to go beyond belief. Armstrong tokens to those places his spot in history cemented that summer night when anything seemed possible. Karen Travers ABC news.

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