US astronaut Neil Armstrong to be buried at sea: Family

By AFP
Published: September 7, 2012

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. PHOTO: NASA.GOV

CHICAGO: Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, will be buried at sea, a family spokesman said Thursday.

“I suspect it will be a private service,” spokesman Rick Miller told AFP.

He said further details were not immediately available.

The burial will take place after a September 13 public memorial in the US capital.

NASA chief Charles Bolden, present and former astronauts and other dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral in honor of Armstrong, who died on August 25 at the age of 82.

Armstrong, who died of complications from cardiovascular surgery, grew up in rural Ohio and flew in the US Navy before joining the US space program.

The Apollo 11 commander strode into the history books on July 20, 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the moon, famously calling it “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The Washington cathedral includes the famous stained glass Space Window, housing a moon rock brought back by Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin from their Apollo 11 mission.

Next week’s service is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am (1400 GMT).

Flags flew at half staff across the United States last week as family, friends and fellow astronauts gathered in Ohio to remember Armstrong at a private service.

Reader Comments (8)

  • zK
    Sep 7, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Alongside bin Laden ?

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  • Enlightened
    Sep 7, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Hope Armstrong is buried in high seas at long distance from where Osama was buried otherwise under sea war would start between both of them.

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  • Khalid Pathan
    Sep 7, 2012 - 6:00PM

    There is still a big difference in the burial of OBL and Armstrong. OBL didn’t ask for it, however, Armstrong willed to be buried at sea. Moreover both of them will be remembered but for very different reasons.

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  • naseer qureshi
    Sep 7, 2012 - 6:25PM

    a fight between a caveman and a moonman? insaneRecommend

  • Abid
    Sep 7, 2012 - 7:36PM

    Is this some sort of punishment???Recommend

  • John B
    Sep 7, 2012 - 9:49PM

    He wanted to return where he came from.

    How many can have this fantastic voyage. From water he came million years ago, left the planet he evolved, planted a lasting testament for mankind in a celestial body, and returned where he came from after millions of years.

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  • Sep 7, 2012 - 11:29PM

    not shown regrets…………………..

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  • qwerty
    Sep 8, 2012 - 8:04AM

    @naseer qureshi:
    fight between true believer and unbeliever.

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