A different sort of sea of tranquility awaits Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 following complications after heart surgery. He was 82.
The final resting place of the legendary Apollo 11 commander will be at sea, Armstrong’s family said through a NASA spokesman on Thursday.
Armstrong and astronaut Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module, named Eagle, on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, and spent 2.5 hours exploring while
crewmate Michael Collins orbited in the lunar command ship.
Details of Armstrong’s interment, including whether it will be in the Atlantic or Pacific ocean, are pending, said NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs.
A national memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT next Thursday at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. The service will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed online at nasa.gov and nationalcathedral.org
Image: A tribute from the Smithsonian at the entrance of a private memorial service for Neil Armstrong on Aug. 31 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Armstrong’s hometown. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls