On Friday, September 14, 2012, Neil A. Armstrong’s burial at sea service was held aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in the Atlantic Ocean. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, August 25. He was 82.

The NASA Lunar Science Institute, along with the greater lunar science community, mourns the passing of Neil Armstrong, one of history’s greatest explorers. With his first step on the Moon, he set into motion a great scientific journey that is revealing our Moon, Earth’s celestial companion for billions of years, as a vibrant, fascinating place. We feel very fortunate to have shared our home planet in our own time, with the man who took the first steps beyond it to another world.


Family members of the late Neil Armstrong and members of the US Navy are seen during the burial at sea service for Neil Armstrong aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Friday, Sept. 12, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)


Members of the US Navy ceremonial guard hold an American flag over Armstrong’s remains. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)


US Navy Captain Steve Shinego, commanding officer of the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), presents the US flag to Carol Armstrong following the burial at sea service for her husband Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in the Atlantic Ocean. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 82. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NASA HQ

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