Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, died 25 August following complications from coração surgery. He was 82.
Armstrong is best remembered for taking that "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" on 20 July, 1969. The Economist called the first lunar landing "one of the few events of the 20th century that stands any chance of being widely remembered in the 30th".
In recognition of his achievements, the White House today declared that flags across the country will fly at half-staff on Friday, the dia of Armstrong's private funeral in Ohio.
Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, whose 1969 moon landing transformed human exploration and made him the most famous aviator since Charles Lindbergh, spent the following decades shunning the limelight. But his death, at 82, confirmed Saturday, rekindled memories of that timeless achievement.
As commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft and the first man to step on the lunar surface, Mr. Armstrong punctuated his exploit with the memorable phrase that it marked "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The mission forever changed man's view of space, transfixed people around the globe and...