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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The ashes of astronaut Neil Armstrong scattered in the Atlantic Ocean

Washington, Sep 15 (EFE). - The ashes of legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon in 1969, were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean today after a private ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea Navy's U.S., NASA said.

The ceremony was attended Armstrong's widow, Carol, said the U.S. space agency.

Armstrong, who made history when he stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969 in the Apollo 11 mission with only 38 years old, died on August 25 aged 82, following complications of cardiovascular surgery.

Armstrong was aviator U.S. Navy between 1949 and 1952, where he participated in 78 combat missions during the Korean War, before marking a milestone in the history of space exploration to set foot on the Moon.

Today's ceremony was preceded by overseas religious service held on Thursday in honor of NASA Armstrong in Washington Cathedral, which was attended by hundreds of dignitaries, politicians and community leaders, as well as active and retired astronauts, and their families.

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