American legend NEIL ARMSTONG, the first man to walk on the moon,  has died at age 82.

As The ENQUIRER reported previously Armstrong had emergency heart surgery days after his 82nd birthday on August 5th.


Part of NASA’s second wave of astronauts following the Mercury 7, Neil Armstrong became humankind’s greatest explorer becoming the first visitor from Earth to trod upon the lunar surface July 20, 1969.


After a white knuckle landing using computer gear equivalent to a pocket calculator of today, Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft (with fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin) proclaiming “Tranquility Base here — The Eagle has landed” to a breathless world.


 Upon descending onto the surface down the ladder from the LEM, Neil radioed the words heard 'round the universe  —  "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."


 Armstrong and his wife, Carol, married in 1999, and made their home in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill, but Neil stayed out of public view in recent years except for special events commemorating their finest hours.


Now the Eagle himself has departed forever — Godspeed, star voyager Neil Armstrong.