Astronauts Bid Farewell to Neil Armstrong at Memorial Service — PICTURES

Sept. 13, 2012, 12:02 p.m.

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.