Astronaut Neil Armstrong buried at sea

5:14 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
U.S. Navy Captain Steve Shinego, commanding officer of the USS Philippine Sea, presents the U.S. flag to Carol Armstrong following the burial at sea service for her husband Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong aboard the USS Philippine Sea September 14, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. (NASA/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The first man to walk on the moon has been buried at sea.

NASA says Neil Armstrong's cremated remains were buried in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea.

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Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the space program. He died last month in Ohio at age 82. His burial follows a memorial service in Washington on Thursday.

NASA photographs show Armstrong's widow, Carol Armstrong, accepting a folded American flag during the ceremony, which NASA said included a bugler and a rifle salute.

The space agency didn't give the location of the ceremony. The ship's homeport is Mayport, Fla.

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