Moscow. Neil Armstrong, the world’s first man to walk on the moon, underwent a successful cardiac bypass surgery and is “doing great,” according to the former astronaut’s wife, as quoted by the US media.
Armstrong, 82, went to a hospital on Monday for a stress test, the results of which were unfavorable. He was admitted, and surgeons bypassed four blockages in his coronary arteries on Tuesday, NBC said on its website on Thursday.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spaceship that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. He became the first human to step onto the lunar surface, and spent nearly three hours on a moonwalk with fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
“NASA wishes Neil Armstrong the very best for a quick recovery from surgery,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement posted on the US space agency’s Facebook page.
“Neil’s pioneering spirit will surely serve him well in this challenging time. The entire NASA Family is holding the Armstrong family in our thoughts and prayers.
“I know countless well-wishers around the world join us in sending get well wishes to this true American hero,” the statement reads.