Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Armstrong receives out-of-this-world gift

Armstrong receives out-of-this-world gift

  • Updated
  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}

CINCINNATI - Even among astronauts, Neil Armstrong gets special respect - he was, after all, the first man to walk on the moon.

On Tuesday, the Apollo 11 astronaut got a piece of the moon rock he brought back to Earth.

"I get to keep it myself only so long as I speak today. So I'm going to be talking longer than usual," Armstrong, 75, joked at a ceremony in which NASA presented him with the rock.

The rock - about 2 grams of medium light gray, fine-grained basalt encased in clear plastic - was part of NASA's Ambassadors of Exploration award. It was created to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, moon walk by Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Tags

Stay up-to-date on what's happening

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

Weekend Things to Do

News Alert