Aug. 25, 2012 - Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon and spaceflight legend, has died at the age of 82. According to a family statement, Armstrong suffered complications following "cardiovascular procedures." He underwent a heart by-pass surgery earlier this month two days after his birthday on Aug. 5.
The statement said that Armstrong was a "reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati."
PHOTOS: Remembering Neil Armstrong: Humanity's Hero
On July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, marking the historic event with his famous speech: "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." He was the first of only 12 Apollo astronauts to achieve this feat. Only eight moonwalkers are alive today.
Armstrong was the commander of the mission and was joined on the dusty lunar surface 20 minutes later by lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained in orbit around the moon.