Neil Armstrong takes last ‘small step’ into eternity

Science, Technology

Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 spacecraft commander who took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” by setting foot on the moon and winning America the space race in July 1969, died Saturday at the age of 82.

The man was a living legend, larger than life in fact — but he had a humble way of hooking at his role in history, according to his obituary from The Associated Press:

“I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,” he said in 2000 in one of his rare public appearances. “And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.”

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