Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.
U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong is seen smiling at the camera aboard the lunar module "Eagle" after spending more than 2½ hours on the lunar surface. Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, has died, US media reported on August 22, 2012. He was 82. (July 21, 1969)
Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, a member of the presidential panel investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, listens to testimony before the commission in Washington, David Acheson, a commission member, listens in the background. A model of the shuttle sits on the table. (Feb. 11, 1986)
President Barack Obama stands alongside the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong during a meeting on the 40th anniversary of NASA's first human landing on the moon in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. (July 20, 2009)
An undated photo provided by NASA shows Neil Armstrong. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.
Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is shown at Complex 19 for a simulated test in preparation for flight. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. (March 16, 1966)
Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott arrive at Complex 19 for a simulated test in preparation for flight. (March 16, 1966)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong piloted the Gemini VIII mission. (March 6, 1966)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong is seated during a suiting up exercise in preparation for the Gemini VIII flight. (March 9, 1966)
Astronauts David Scott, left, and Neil Armstrong, command pilot, sit in their Gemini 8 spacecraft after their emergency landing in the western Pacific Ocean. Navy divers, who jumped into the ocean to attach a flotation collar under the spacecraft, stand outside the capsule awaiting the destroyer USS Mason. The scheduled three-day mission was terminated following complications. (March 16, 1966)
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. Photo was made by a 16mm movie camera inside the lunar module, shooting at one frame per second. (July 20, 1969)
Portrait of the prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. From left, commander Neil A. Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (July 20, 1969)
Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks at a celebration dinner honoring John Glenn in Columbus, Ohio. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is recovering from heart surgery days after his 82nd birthday, a NASA spokesman said. (Feb. 20, 2012)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong in space suit (1969)
Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, right, trudges across the surface of the moon, leaving behind footprints. The U.S. flag, planted on the surface by the astronauts, can be seen between Armstrong and the lunar module. Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is seen closer to the craft. The men reported the surface of the moon was like soft sand, and they left footprints several inches deep wherever they walked. (July 20, 1969)
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (July 20, 1969)
Apollo II lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, front, and spacecraft commander Neil Armstrong practice lunar surface activities at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. Aldrin is using a scoop to collect samples of the surface while Armstrong takes pictures with the lunar module in the background. (April 18, 1969)
Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks at a celebration dinner honoring the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's historic flight aboard the Mercury program's Friendship 7 capsule at Ohio State University in Columbus. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth. (Feb. 20, 2012)
Edwin E. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong rehearse tasks they will perform on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The detection of a fake moon rock in the Netherlands' national museum should serve as a wake-up call for more than 130 countries who received gifts of lunar rubble from both the Apollo 11 flight in 1969 and Apollo 17 three years later. Experts say the whereabouts of hundreds of tiny rocks scooped up by U.S. astronauts and given by the Nixon administration to friendly nations are unknown. (1969)
Undated photo of Neil Armstrong's various flight preparations.
On the 40th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks during a lecture in honor of Apollo 11 at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (July 19, 2009)
U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van aboard the USS Hornet after splashdown and recovery. The Apollo 11 crew from left are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Splashdown was east of Wake Island, and south of Johnston Atoll. (July 24, 1969)