The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Nasa to honour astronaut Armstrong on Sept 13


WASHINGTON (AFP) - A memorial service for Neil Armstrong, the United States (US) astronaut who became the first human being to set foot on the moon, will be held in the US capital Washington on Sept 13, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said on Tuesday.

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 Aug 25 at the age of 82.

Mr Armstrong 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 Mr Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin from their Apollo 11 mission.