Neil Armstrong, who died on Saturday aged 82, will long be remembered as the first person to walk on the moon.
As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, the US astronaut set foot on the planet’s dusty surface in July 1969 – fulfulling one of mankind’s age-old quests.
But Armstrong was not a man who revelled in his accomplishment. Confirming his death in a statement, his family described him as a “reluctant American hero.”
The Apollo 11 mission turned out to be Armstrong’s last space flight and his life, post-NASA, was a very private one.
US President Barack Obama said he was a hero “not just of his time, but of all time.”
Armstrong died following complications from heart-bypass surgery he underwent earlier this month.