eil Armstrong, the first human being ever to set foot on the moon, has died at age 82. The commander of the famed Apollo 11 mission stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969, uttering a phrase that immediately became immortal: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Roughly half a billion people, which amounted to one-sixth of the world's population, tuned in to watch the "ghostly black-and-white television image" as Armstrong stepped onto the moon. President Richard Nixon called the eight-day moon mission "the greatest week in the history of the world since Creation." The moon mission was Armstrong's last space flight. He soon left NASA to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Armstrong underwent heart-bypass surgery earlier this month to relieve blocked coronary arteries.
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