AMERICANS said farewell yesterday to Neil Armstrong, the first man to take a giant leap on to the moon.
The powerful of Washington, the pioneers of space, and the everyday public crowded into the Washington National Cathedral for a public interfaith memorial for the very private astronaut.
Armstrong, who died last month in Ohio at age 82, walked on the moon in July 1969.
"He's now slipped the bounds of Earth once again, but what a legacy he left," former Treasury Secretary John Snow told the gathering.
Apollo 11 crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and Mercury astronaut John Glenn were among roughly 2,500 people in the cavernous cathedral.