Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. He’s also the first man to die twice -- at least according to a goof on the ABC News mobile website.
Armstrong, 82, died August 25, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio, but the story on ABC News’ mobile site indicates that the famed astronaut died August 27, 2013. It’s unclear what caused the mixup, but as of 11 a.m. EST the story on the ABC News mobile site has not changed. The news outlet has also not said what caused the mistake.
Armstrong, a groundbreaking astronaut who became the first man to walk on the moon as the commander of Apollo 11 in 1969, was famous for his first words upon landing on the moon’s surface: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
NASA paid tribute to Armstrong around the 1-year anniversary of his death when it released the following YouTube video commemorating the first man to step on the moon:
The mobile ABC News story went viral on Twitter, where “Neil Armstrong” was trending Tuesday. The story has been shared by people not realizing that the groundbreaking astronaut died exactly one year ago today:
â€” Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) August 27, 2013
Breaking News! One of the greatest astronauts ever, Neil Armstrong passes away! R.I.P. http://t.co/Yr2gZw7MdU
â€” SCSNN (@SCSNN) August 27, 2013
Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies at 82 http://t.co/mqmetAC4lh "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
â€” Jenny M. Buccos (@goodglobalcitiz) August 27, 2013
â€” KG (@bombay_chick) August 27, 2013
RIP Neil Armstrong..... http://t.co/KjK8b9xKzE
â€” Chris Chua (@ChrisChua007) August 27, 2013
But others were well aware of the error:
It's a cruel world when our greatest need to die twice. #NeilArmstrong
â€” Bert Baldwin (@bert_baldwin) August 27, 2013
Folks, please stop posting Neil Armstrong's obit as news. I miss him too, but it happened last year.
â€” Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 27, 2013