Saturday August 25th, 2012
The staff of the New Mexico Museum of Space History express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Astronaut Neil Armstrong. Armstrong passed away Saturday August 25, 2012, following complications from heart surgery. He was 82 years old. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon and he became the first man to walk on the moon.
“When Neil Armstrong took that first step onto the surface of the moon, he also stepped into the hearts and imaginations of people worldwide,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “He is a true American hero who inspired generations of students from across the globe to dream beyond our blue marble, to reach for what others might think impossible. He will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on in the explorers who will follow in his footsteps.”
In a statement from Armstrong's family on Saturday, they stated:
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 1-575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589.