Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82: No, the Korean War Ace & Icy Test Pilot Did Not Tell a Blow-Job Joke on the Moon

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Sad news for NASA and its Houston family, as word has come down that the first man on our moon has died today. Armstrong was 82.

Breaking News and NBC News reported the news over Twitter around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon Houston time. NASA has its own obit up now, too.

Armstrong was a part of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. He is the first human to set foot on lands other than our own.

As the next few days go by, the enormity of what Armstrong, the Apollo and Gemini programs, his astronaut colleagues and those on the ground who made it all possible will be discussed over and over again. In a year that saw the end of the space shuttle program, Armstrong's death is just another blow to the U.S. space program.

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After his NASA career ended in 1971, Armstrong taught at the University of Cincinnati, served on the board of various corporations and remained an important figure in the science and space field.

Armstrong's crewmates from the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, are still alive and make sporadic public appearances.

Here's NASA's official Armstrong photo gallery.

Among our Armstrong coverage from the past:

-- Armstrong was notoriously publicity-shy; the hunt for an authentic autograph turned into a Holy Grail for one Houstonian.

-- Our list of eight very odd NASA experimental planes includes one that almost killed Armstrong in tests.

-- The five best Apollo 11 myths includes the urban legend that Armstrong made a blow-job joke on the moon.

-- Five guys who played Armstrong on TV or in film -- they suffered a "Jesus Curse" of sorts.

-- Our list of the top 10 warplane movies, according to real aviation buffs, includes one based partly on Armstrong's Korean War service.


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