Original URL: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/25/neil_armstrong_dies/

Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

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

By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor

Posted in Science, 25th August 2012 21:00 GMT

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