Neil Armstrong Dies On Earth At The Age Of 82

Neil Armstrong

Little known fact: NASA originally intended to fake the moon landing to save time and money. They hired up-and-coming filmmaker Brian DiMaio (left, shown with astronaut Neil Armstrong, right) to pull off the hoax. The results were so poor that NASA was forced to go through with the actual trip to the moon.

Cincinnati, OH—Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who famously set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, died Sunday after complications arose from heart-bypass surgery earlier this month. He was 82.

It’s really hard to add to any legacy or top any achievement that reads, “First man to set foot on the moon,” but we have some space to fill, so here you go:

Armstrong served in the Navy as a pilot during the Korean War and earned three medals. After the war he got his aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue University. He was selected by NASA in September 1962 to be an astronaut, and first went into space in the Gemini 8 mission in 1966. He landed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
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