Life in pics: Neil Armstrong, the first man on moon

World | | August 26, 2012, 1:08 pm
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24th July 1969: President Richard M Nixon addresses Astronauts (from left to right) Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, in their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet.

24th July 1969: President Richard M Nixon addresses Astronauts (from left to right) Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, in their Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet.

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19th August 1963: American astronaut Neil Armstrong peers from a makeshift tent in Nevada during an intensive three day desert training course for future space travellers.

19th August 1963: American astronaut Neil Armstrong peers from a makeshift tent in Nevada during an intensive three day desert training course for future space travellers.

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Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, died at the age of 82.

Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, died at the age of 82.

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23rd June 1968: Crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission (left to right) Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot, Edwin Aldrin Jnr. Taken at the Manned Spacecraft Centre, Houston, Texas.

23rd June 1968: Crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission (left to right) Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and lunar module pilot, Edwin Aldrin Jnr. Taken at the Manned Spacecraft Centre, Houston, Texas.

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Born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong served in the US Navy and joined the Korean War before becoming an astronaut.

Born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong served in the US Navy and joined the Korean War before becoming an astronaut.

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circa 1969: Michael Collins, American astronaut, with Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, the first astronauts to land on the moon, seen in Paris. Collins is holding up a model of a spacecraft Apollo 11.

circa 1969: Michael Collins, American astronaut, with Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, the first astronauts to land on the moon, seen in Paris. Collins is holding up a model of a spacecraft Apollo 11.

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June 1969: Neil Armstrong, commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission and the first person to walk on the moon, in training in a lunar module simulator.

June 1969: Neil Armstrong, commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission and the first person to walk on the moon, in training in a lunar module simulator.

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Neil Armstrong leads Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and Michael Collins out of the space centre on the Apollo 11 space mission to the moon.

Neil Armstrong leads Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and Michael Collins out of the space centre on the Apollo 11 space mission to the moon.

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With a half-Earth in the background, the Lunar Module ascent stage with Moon-walking Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. approaches for a rendezvous with the Apollo Command Module manned by Michael Collins.

With a half-Earth in the background, the Lunar Module ascent stage with Moon-walking Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. approaches for a rendezvous with the Apollo Command Module manned by Michael Collins.

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Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, smiles during the kick-off celebration ceremony of the Centennial Of Flight exhibit honouring the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' historic flight at Rockefeller Center July 29, 2003 in New York City.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, smiles during the kick-off celebration ceremony of the Centennial Of Flight exhibit honouring the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' historic flight at Rockefeller Center July 29, 2003 in New York City.

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 Neil Armstrong poses with an X-15 aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California, in this undated handout photo courtesy of NASA.

Neil Armstrong poses with an X-15 aircraft at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California, in this undated handout photo courtesy of NASA.

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In this handout photo provided by the Richard Nixon Foundation, Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin laugh with President Richard Nixon aboard the USS Hornet, July 24, 1969.

In this handout photo provided by the Richard Nixon Foundation, Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin laugh with President Richard Nixon aboard the USS Hornet, July 24, 1969.

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Portrait Of Neil Armstrong In 1959, ten Years prior to the Apollo 11 Mission in Which he became the first human to set foot on Moon.

Portrait Of Neil Armstrong In 1959, ten Years prior to the Apollo 11 Mission in Which he became the first human to set foot on Moon.

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Neil Armstrong steps into history July 20, 1969 by leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon.

Neil Armstrong steps into history July 20, 1969 by leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon.

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Plaster casts of the hands of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are in display in the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Plaster casts of the hands of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are in display in the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.