Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

'Nerdy engineer' who 'was just doing his job' departs this world for final time

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, who famously took a giant leap for mankind when he descended the ladder of Apollo 11's Eagle lander and set boot on the moon, has died.

He was 82.

Armstrong was a humble man. He was bemused by the fame that came with his achievement, proclaimed himself no more than a "nerdy engineer" and shunned the spotlight. He even declined to attend some Apollo anniversary events, and insisted he didn't deserve personal praise.

A statement issued by his family summed up his attitude thusly:

"Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job."

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong. 1930-2012

Heart troubles did for Armstrong in the end, after a recent operation didn't fix unspecified problems.

The astronaut's last major interview, oddly with CPA Australia, can be found here. ®

Image credit: NASA

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