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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies At 82


CINCINNATI (AP) - Former astronaut Neil Armstrong is dead at age 82. He had been recovering from heart surgery he had earlier this month in Ohio.

A statement from his family says Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died.

Neil Armstrong's friends, NASA colleagues and admirers around the country say the former astronaut was a humble pilot who served his country above all.

His colleagues on the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, said Saturday that they will miss a dedicated, smart and careful astronaut and friend.

In Washington, D.C., tourist Jonathon Lack from Alaska said he decided to tour the Air and Space Museum after hearing of Armstrong's death.

He says he sees in Armstrong's death a reminder of an America where people dreamed big things and sought to accomplish the inconceivable.

At the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Ohio, a black ribbon hung over a plaque of Armstrong in the museum's entryway and a U.S. flag was lowered in Armstrong's memory.

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. As the first man to walk on the moon, Armstrong was a hero to many. But the former Navy fighter pilot who commanded Apollo 11 described himself as "a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer."