Neil Armstrong Dead At 82

By Eric Dutkiewicz

August 25, 2012 Updated Aug 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Neil Armstrong, the American astronaut who became first man to walk on the moon, has died.

Armstrong died following complications from heart surgery he had several weeks ago, his family said in a statement.

He was 82.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 mission, stepping off the Eagle onto the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. As a half a billion people watched worldwide, Armstrong uttered: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Armstrong grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He would eventually attended Purdue University, earning an engineering degree. After college, served as a Naval aviator during the Korean War.

After his moonwalk, Armstrong worked in NASA management in Washington.

Years later, he left NASA, becoming an engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Purdue would name the university's engineering school in honor of Armstrong in 2007.

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