Hundreds of mourners gathered on Thursday at the National Cathedral in Washington for a service to memorialize former astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to step foot on the moon. Armstrong, 82, died last month following complications from cardiovascular procedures.
“He embodied all that is good and all that is great about America. Neil, wherever you are, you again have shown us a way to the stars,” Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, said in a tribute during the service, according to Reuters. “As you soar through the heavens where even eagles dare not go, you can now truly put out your hand and touch the face of God.”
A former Navy pilot, Armstrong will be buried at sea on Friday, Reuters reported.
Below are photos from the memorial service, followed by a video of a 1970 BBC interview in which Armstrong discussed his experiences on the moon and what he saw as the future of the American space program.