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Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon, buried in sea

Washington, Sep 15 (): Neil Armstrong, the first man who set foot and walked on moon was buried on Friday in Atlantic Ocean with full military service. NASA said the cremated remains of Neil Armstrong were buried during a ceremony on-board the USS Philippine Sea.

A day after a sombre memorial ceremony was held in Washington at National Cathedral, US Navy staff carried ashes of the American astronaut to Atlantic Ocean.

The memorial service at Washington was attended by Neil Armstrong’s crew mates of Apollo 11 – Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Eugene Cernan – the commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on moon.

Thursday’s memorial ceremony was also attended by the US former senator, John Glenn, who is the first American to orbit the Earth.

The service included extracts from a speech given 50 years ago by the then US President John F. Kennedy. In the speech, the President said America chose to send men to the moon not because it was easy, but because it was hard.

The legendary Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, near Wapakoneta, Ohio. Initially he worked in military, fighting in Korean War. Before joining space programme to Moon, he had opportunities to pilot planes for NASA, and ultimately, space crafts.

The commander of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong made history by landing his foot first on Moon, on July 20, 1969. He became the first one to walk on the moon; as soon as he put his steps on Moon, he uttered the words “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”.

Last month, he died at the age of 82 in Ohio. His burial is followed after a memorial service on Thursday in Washington.

Photographs released by NASA show Armstrong’s wife, Carol Armstrong, receiving a folded American flag at the ceremony, during which Neil Armstrong was given a rifle salute.