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Neil Armstrong Dies at 82: Remembering the Still Unbelievable Apollo 11 Mission -- PICTURES

August 25, 2012

American astronaut and first man on the moon Neil Armstrong died today, at 82 years old. CBS news is reporting that his passing is related to ongoing cardiovascular problems. Earlier in the month he underwent heart bypass surgery.

Forty-three years after he first stepped on the moon, the accomplishment still seems unreal, especially for people who were too young to know what was happening, or were born later.

But it happened, not just once but a few times before America's space program changed its focus and people stopped going to our only natural satellite.

Below are photos of the trip, and a video of the coverage from CBS of the launch. Also is a 1970 BBC interview with Armstrong in which he discusses his experience on the moon and touches on what he saw might be the future of human space flight to the moon.

 

Apollo 11 astronauts stand next to their spacecraft in 1969. From left to right: Col. Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot; Neil Armstrong, flight commander; and Lt. Michael Collins, command module pilot.(AP Photo)

Former astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong stand in the Oval Office in 2009 on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With Armstrong waving, the Apollo 11 crew heads for the van that took them to the rocket for launch at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.(AP Photo)

 

Jan Aldrin, 11, and her brothers, Andrew, 10, and Mike, 13, give the thumbs up gesture after the successful launch of Apollo 11, which is carrying their dad and fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on their journey to the moon. The children came outside after watching the blastoff at their home near the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.(AP Photo)

Wives of the three Apollo 11 astronauts make a joint appearance on July 18, 1969, at one of their homes near the Space Center in Houston as their husbands continued the historical flight to the moon.(AP Photo)

 

Armstrong walks slowly away from the lunar module moments after taking his first step on the moon.(AP Photo)

Mission Control personnel in Houston watch the moon walk on July 21, 1969.(AP Photo/NASA)

A crowd in Central Park, N.Y., watches as the Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon on July 20, 1969. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

 

This photo from NASA TV shows one of the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface after landing; the picture is from a new digitally refurbished version of the original moon landing video.(AP Photo/NASA TV)

Aldrin walks by the footpad of the Apollo 11 lunar module.(AP Photo/NASA)

This photograph of Armstrong was taken inside the lunar module while it rested on the moon's surface on July 20.(AP Photo/NASA)

 

Aldrin walks on the moon with seismographic equipment that he had just set up. The flag-like object on a pole is a solar-wind experiment; in the background is the lunar landing module.(AP Photo/NASA/Neil Armstrong)

The reentry of Apollo 11 into the Earth's atmosphere on July 24.(AP Photo)

U.S. Navy personnel, wearing protective gear, recover the Apollo 11 crew from the reentry vehicle, which landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969, after an eight-day mission.(AP Photo)

 

Armstrong cuts his birthday cake while members of the lunar-receiving laboratory look on, on Aug. 6, 1969, in Houston. Armstrong celebrated his 39th birthday while in quarantine with his fellow astronauts after returning from the moon.(AP Photo/NASA TV)

Armstrong (right) is shown with his family the night after his arrival at his parents' home on Sept. 5, 1969, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. It was his first trip home since his historic walk on the moon. With him (from left) are Stephen Armstrong, Armstrong's father; his wife, Janet; his mother; and two children, Mark, 6, and Eric, 12.(AP Photo/JP)

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins waves with one hand as a spectator tugs at another during Collins's welcoming parade down Canal Street in New Orleans on Sept. 6, 1969. Collins, the Apollo 11 pilot, claimed New Orleans as his adopted home.(AP Photo)

 

Confetti rains down on the Apollo 11 astronauts as they are greeted by people during a parade in Tokyo on Nov. 4, 1969. The Japan visit was the tail-end of a 22-nation goodwill tour by the Apollo 11 crew members. /p>(AP Photo)

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