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Neil Armstrong Dies at 82: Where Were You When He Walked on the Moon?

The first astronaut to walk on the moon died Saturday after complications following cardiac bypass surgery.

Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, died Saturday after complications following cardiac bypass surgery, according to news reports.

Armstrong became an American icon on July 20, 1969, as the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the mission that culminated the Soviet-American space race in the 1960s. President John F. Kennedy had committed the nation “to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” It was done with more than five months to spare, according to the New York Times.

As Armstrong planted his feet on the lunar surface, he said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Where were you and what do you remember from that historic moment? And if you weren't around back then, what are your thoughts?

Alex Horvath August 27, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I was an 8-year-old boy, glued to the TV, watching it all unfold.
Rocky August 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM
The Nasa program should never have been cut. We need to keep exploring what's out there.
Christine August 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Blame Obama for cutting the NASA program. Obama's plan is to surpress America to let other countries exceed us. Neil Armstrong, such a private man, went to congress to fight for NASA and it's future.
Sierra Salin August 27, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I was drinking Tang, and eating Space Food Sticks!
GAFlynn August 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Our first son was born in November of that year--I remember being pregnant and slightly emotional sitting in front of the TV with tears in my eyes--so unbelievable.
Haggis August 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
At home in front of the black and white television, hardly believing what I saw. Armstrong preserved the wonder of that moment for us by never cashing-in on it.We should all be grateful for his restraint.
PK August 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I was babysitting my friends baby who was 1 year old that day. I always remembered the date of the first moon walk and his birthday. I always think of my friends when Neil Armstrongs name was mentioned.
Carole Bennett August 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I lived in southern California then. A fun weekend event was to drive down to Tijuana, Mexico, and spend the day. We were driving home on Hwy 101, turned off into a little beach town, and ran into a bar just in time to watch it live on television. It was definitely an unforgetable moment in life. I cannot remember who I was with, but I remember what was on television!

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