Neil Armstrong to be buried at sea: family

CLEVELAND Thu Sep 6, 2012 4:38pm EDT

A photograph of Neil Armstrong as a young man is displayed on a table during a memorial service celebrating the life of Armstrong at the Camargo Club in Cincinnat, Ohio August 31, 2012 in this NASA handout photo. REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout.

A photograph of Neil Armstrong as a young man is displayed on a table during a memorial service celebrating the life of Armstrong at the Camargo Club in Cincinnat, Ohio August 31, 2012 in this NASA handout photo.

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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, will be buried at sea, family spokesman Rick Miller said on Thursday.

Armstrong died on August 25 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82.

A public memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on September 13 and will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online at nasa.gov and nationalcathedral.org.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong, who led the Apollo 11 mission, became the first human to walk on the moon.

Armstrong, who lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, is survived by his two sons, a stepson and a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, a brother and a sister, NASA said.

(Reporting By Kim Palmer; Editing by Greg McCune and Sandra Maler)

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Comments (5)
PapaDisco wrote:
Interesting choice. Anyone know why he preferred sea burial?

Sep 06, 2012 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IntoTheTardis wrote:
He was a naval aviator. Maybe that had something to do with it. Or perhaps he didn’t want his grave to become a shrine, which I think would be a poor choice. He’s the sort of hero’s grave we need.

Sep 06, 2012 7:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mickelenische wrote:
Final splashdown!

Sep 06, 2012 10:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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