September 14, 2012

Neil Armstrong, 1st to walk on moon, buried at sea

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Members of the U.S. Navy ceremonial guard hold an American flag over the remains of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong during a burial at sea service aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean. Armstrong, who died last month in Ohio at age 82, walked on the moon in July 1969.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first man to walk on the moon has been buried at sea.

NASA says Neil Armstrong’s cremated remains were buried in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea.

Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the space program. He died last month in Ohio at age 82. His burial follows a memorial service in Washington on Thursday.

NASA photographs show Armstrong’s widow, Carol Armstrong, accepting a folded American flag during the ceremony, which NASA said included a bugler and a rifle salute.

The space agency didn’t give the location of the ceremony. The ship’s homeport is Mayport, Fla.

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