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Neil Armstrong: Photos From the Apollo 11 Hero’s Life and Career

Neil Armstrong, who died on Saturday, August 25, at 82 years old, was one of those rare, genuine heroes whose legend grew larger with passing years not because he nurtured the myths that attached to him as the first human to walk on the moon, but because he quietly, resolutely refused to play the ro...
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Gemini 8 astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott, floating in the Pacific, 1966. (NASA/LIFE) See more: ti.me/MWI19f

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