The world lost a living legend Saturday when Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk the moon, passed away at the age 82 — prompting an outpour of praise for famed pilot and engineer from celebrities, politicians, and even fellow astronauts.
Armstrong first made history when he commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft to land on the moon on July 20, 1969, and was famously quoted in calling the expedition “one giant leap for mankind” during the transmission back to Earth.
Here’s what some celebs had to say about Armstrong’s legacy:
President Barack Obama: “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time. Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step. -bo”
Mitt Romney: “Neil Armstrong today takes his place in the hall of heroes. The moon will miss its first son of earth.”
George Takei: ”With him, we all took one giant leap towards the heavens. Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong, as you rejoin them.”
Ryan Seacrest: ”Thanks Neil Armstrong for bringing the moon into our living rooms & curiosity into our minds. One giant loss for mankind.”
Elizabeth Banks: “RIP Neil Armstrong – an inspiration to us all & American hero.”
Mandy Moore: “RIP, Neil Armstrong…..a Hero who changed History.”
Dane Cook: “The 1st human being to ever walk on another planet [sic] Neil Armstrong. #RIP”
Seth Green: “RIP Neil Armstrong. Proof that humans can always push further.http://say.ly/pVU42Mu”
Wil Wheaton: ”One great moment of silence for mankind. Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong.”
Pee-wee Herman: “Goodbye, Neil Armstrong – courageous pioneer and hero.”
Reba McEntire: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the Neil Armstrong family. He was a super guy. 82 years old. Thanks for all you did for us, Neil!!!”
Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon with Amrstrong for approximately three hours that fateful day, released a statement regarding his friend’s death, saying
“I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Neil Armstrong today. Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the mission of Apollo 11. Whenever I look at the moon it reminds me of the moment over four decades ago when I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone. Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew. My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a landmark moment in human history.”