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Neil Armstrong Recovering From Heart Bypass
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has had heart bypass surgery and is recovering in hospital.
The retired astronaut had the operation just days after his 82nd birthday.
Mr Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind" and spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.
A message on Mr Aldrin's Twitter account wished his former crewmate well.
A Facebook statement from Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said: "Neil's pioneering spirit will surely serve him well in this challenging time and the entire Nasa family is holding the Armstrong family in our thoughts and prayers."
It is not clear where Mr Armstrong, who turned 82 on Sunday, received treatment.
He and his wife Carol married in 1999 and made their home in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill, but he has largely stayed out of public view in recent years.
He spoke at Ohio State University in February at an event honouring fellow astronaut John Glenn and the 50th anniversary of Mr Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth.
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what do you think?
Get well soon.
Good Luck Neil and to you to Louise Bagshawe (Corby MP) over to join her husband over in the NEW York State where Im sure she will hit the News Stands there as well, hey can Harriet come as well with her tribe.
The so called "moon landing" was great entertainment , when i was a kid in 1969. Whether they actually did land on the moon is irrelevant , i suppose, when the man is ill. Get well soon, and i hope you did actually land on the moon, but i seriously think it was a set up.
I'm sure those rediculously clever people care about your outdated and quite boring theory.
For one thing, it's not my "theory", it's my opinion, which i am entitled to. For another thing, it's hardly outdated, and well supported. Finally, if you are going to call someone "ridiculous", use the correct spelling, as it can be an indication of poor education, and hence your own opinion may be worth diddly squat, as the yanks say.
A doctor once asked me if my dad thought his heart bypass was worth all the pain and stress and I told him my dad always said he thought it was well worth going through but he'd never have it done again. My dad was very grateful for the extra years of life his heart bypass gave him and hopefully, with time, heart bypassing might get easier for people. After my dad's heart bypass he had the pulse rate of a marathon runner, so they said. He lived many years after. I've known people who exercise a lot and have had heart attacks and people who do nothing and have heart attacks. I don't think stress causes it. It's interesting to know it also happens to astronauts considering the exercising they all do. It doesn't really take people too long to recover, just a few months then they're back to normal. I hope he gets well like so many people I've known who had heart bypasses. One of my dad's friends decided to not have a heart bypass and just wait until he had a massive heart attack and die from that, which he did.