Photo Gallery: Remembering Neil Armstrong

  • Official Portrait

    Portrait of Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission in his space suit.

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  • Flying High

    Neil Armstrong poses during a training mission.

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  • Gemini VIII Crew

    Astronauts David R. Scott (left), Pilot; and, Neil A. Armstrong (right), Command Pilot, pose with model of the Gemini Spacecraft.

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  • Boarding Gemini VIII

    Commander Neil Armstrong (right) and pilot David R. Scott prepare to board the Gemini-Titan VIII.

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  • Apollo 11 Crew

    The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.

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  • Practice Makes Perfect

    In preparation of the Lunar landing, Apollo 11 crew members underwent training activities to practice activities they would be performing.

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  • Beginning the Mission

    The Apollo 11 crew leaves Kennedy Space Center's Manned Spacecraft Operations Building during the pre-launch countdown.

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  • On the Lunar Surface

    This panorama of the Apollo 11 landing site is the only good picture of mission commander Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface.

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  • Mission Accomplished

    Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander, inside the Lunar Module as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of his historic moonwalk.

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  • In Quarantine

    President Richard M. Nixon was in the central Pacific recovery area to welcome the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for

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  • Apollo 11 Welcome

    New York City welcomes the Apollo 11 crew in a ticker tape parade down Broadway and Park Avenue.

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  • Space Medal of Honor

    Astronaut Neil Armstrong received the first Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Jimmy Carter, assisted by Captain Robert Peterson.

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  • Fly Me to the Moon

    Quincy Jones presented a platinum copy of 'Fly Me to the Moon' to Senator John Glenn and Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong.

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  • Giants Among Us

    Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are recognized for their achievement on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Update: President Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation ordering United States flags to be flown at half-staff the day of Neil Armstrong's interment. 

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away this weekend.

In a statement issued on Saturday, President Obama said that “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes - not just of his time, but of all time.”

When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation. They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable - that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible. And when Neil stepped foot on the surface of the moon for the first time, he delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.

In 2009, President Obama welcomed Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crewmembers Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin to the White House in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Armstrong’s historic first steps on the lunar surface.

Watch President Obama honor the astronauts of Apollo 11.

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