Obama leads tributes to Armstrong
06:37 Mon Aug 27, 2012
Report by: BBC News
US President Barack Obama has led tributes to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, who died on Saturday at the age of 82.
Mr Obama said on his Twitter feed: “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time.”
Hundreds of millions watched Armstrong land on the Moon on 20 July 1969 and describe it as: “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The line became one of the most famous quotes of the 20th Century.
Armstrong’s family confirmed his death in a statement on Saturday, saying he had died from complications after surgery to relieve four blocked coronary arteries.
The family statement praised him as a “reluctant American hero” and urged his fans to honour his example of “service, accomplishment and modesty”.
“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 family said.
Mr Obama thanked Armstrong for showing the world “the power of one small step”.
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