Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies, 82

The First man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has died following complications from cardiovascular surgery.

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. He is perhaps best known for his iconic words as he stepped from the landing capsule and onto the surface of the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Since that historical moment Armstrong has been heralded as one of America’s greatest heroes.  In the wake of his passing on the 25th of August, media tributes have flowed steadily.

Examples of (extensive) New Zealand media coverage include:

MSN News: Tributes for ‘man on the moon’ Armstrong

3 News: Moonwalk just another job for ‘nerdy engineer’

Radio New Zealand: Obama leads tributes to Neil Armstrong

TVNZ: Neil Armstrong remembered as icon

New Zealand Herald: Astronauts mourn loss of ‘space pioneer’ Armstrong

Otago Daily Times: First man on moon Neil Armstrong dies Neil Armstrong: Modest man who became global hero