AP PHOTOS: Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong

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FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.  (AP Photo/NASA)
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Neil Armstrong, the quiet and self-described nerdy engineer who commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, has died. He was 82. Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said.

His first words after setting foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said.

Here are some file photos that celebrate the achievements of his life.

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