Nightly News   |  August 27, 2012

Remembering astronaut Neil Armstrong

Aside from being the first man to walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was also a decorated aviator and a veteran of 78 combat missions over Korea. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> president obama today ordered flags at half staff for the burial of neil armstrong who may have been the last truly modest hero our nation ever produced. much of the coverage of his life has dealt for good reason with his footstop and his footprint on the moon but those who read more about him about find an astonishing american journey. by the time he was 22 he was already a decorated naval aviator , a veteran of 78 combat missions over korea, he was later a test pilot, he flew in the experimental x-15 seven different times, topping out at 200,000 feet and flying along the likes of chuck quyeager. there was never a neil skrarm strong action figure or chain of restaurants with his name. he did it for the team and quietly walked away. he lived long enough to see the end of our space program and that upset him greatly but also lived long enough to see the great pictures coming back from the mars rover where they talked about neil armstrong today at mission control . he was all about courage, the quiet kind. he was a patriot of the highest order and thankfully right when america needed just the right man for that job, there he was. neil armstrong was 82 years old. he'll be buried in ohio on friday.