This astronaut was one of the biggest ever icons the world over.
The whole world waited with bated breath when he first stepped on the moon in 1969.
Extremely private, he kept firmly out of the limelight, refusing to trade in his fame for any gain.
Stories from his life are filled with anecdotes testifying to his humility and simple nature.
Image: Apollo 11 commander Neil A. Armstrong prepares to board the Saturn V space vehicle for the beginning of his mission to the moon 16 July 1969 (AFP)