A sample of the early coverage/reaction in the wake of Neil Armstrong's death today at age 82:
- Huffington Post: Its page-leading banner reads, "One Giant Loss for Mankind."
- Armstrong family: "The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
- Associated Press: He was a "quiet, self-described 'nerdy' engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved US pilot he made 'one giant leap for mankind' with the first step on the moon."
- President Obama: "Neil was among the greatest of American heroes—not just of his time, but of all time."
- Space.com: "A figure so large in American and world history that you can bet many generations from now people will still be talking about him, as well as his moon landing."
- Houston Chronicle: "Armstrong was the face of what is arguably America's top technological triumph, but for those who knew him in the spaceflight community, he quietly led by setting a good example."
- Washington Post: He "marked an epochal achievement in exploration with 'one small step'" and thus became one of "the most heroized Americans of the 1960s Cold War space race."
- The Guardian: Those famous words—"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind"—still "endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language."