He created history when he became the first person to set foot on the moon. Said to be an American hero, Neil Armstrong lived a full and rich life as a remarkable icon.

While he was alive, he served as a reminder that truly, nothing is impossible. He showed the world that boundaries can be pushed to achieve one’s personal goals and dreams. He reminded us that there’s nothing one can’t do, as long as you believe and as long as you’re determined to work hard towards it.

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On 20th July 1969, the space pioneer landed on the moon alongside fellow Apollo 11 astronaut, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and audiences worldwide watched him take man’s first few steps on the lunar surface via a television broadcast. He left as many as 500 million people awestruck. His words, the ones that still ring as clear as it had years ago, will forever stick with us:

That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.

Earlier this month, Neil underwent cardiac bypass surgery after doctors found blockages in his coronary arteries. However, earlier this morning, it was reported that he has died following complications from the surgery.

Neil Armstrong was 82 years old.

Rest in peace, moonwalker. Thank you for changing the way we viewed the world – quite literally.

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