Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, Reuters is reporting on Saturday.
Digital Journal reported that earlier this month Armstrong had heart-bypass surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries, just two days after his birthday on August 5.
No cause of death has been reported.
As ABC news reminds us, on July 20, 1969, half a billion people -- a sixth of the world's population at the time -- watched a ghostly black-and-white television image as Armstrong backed down the ladder of the lunar landing ship Eagle, planted his left foot on the Moon's surface, and said the famous words, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
He and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, the BBC reported.
The Apollo 11 Moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight, Reuters says. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.
Armstrong, along with three other astronauts, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award, last November.
The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol.
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