At a September 13 memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong – the first human to set foot on the Moon, way back in 1969 – was honored for his notable contribution in giving the US an undeniable space-exploration lead in the world.
Armstrong – who was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the NASA space program – had passed away in Ohio on August 25, at the age of 82.
According to a NASA release, after the Thursday memorial service in honor of Armstrong in Washington, the cremated remains of the astronaut were buried in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, September 14.
Though NASA stopped short of revealing the location of the burial ceremony, it has been reported that the ceremony was held aboard the USS Philippine Sea; with the ship’s homeport being Mayport, Florida.
The pictures of the burial ceremony were released by NASA; and they show Carol Armstrong – the widow of Neil Armstrong - accepting a folded American flag during the ceremonial proceedings, which, as per NASA, included a bugler and a rifle salute to honor the great astronaut.
Meanwhile, coincidentally, September 12 – the day before the memorial service in honor of Armstrong – marked the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s momentous speech at Rice University, where he set the Moon-touchdown goal which was ultimately achieved by Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on July 20, 1969!
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