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Obama hails 'great American hero' Neil Armstrong

A "deeply saddened" President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed late US space pioneer Neil Armstrong as one of the nation's greatest ever heroes, for having inspired a generation to reach for the stars.

world Updated: Aug 26, 2012 02:43 IST

A "deeply saddened" President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed late US space pioneer Neil Armstrong as one of the nation's greatest ever heroes, for having inspired a generation to reach for the stars.

"Neil was among the greatest of American heroes -- not just of his time, but of all time," Obama said in a statement after Armstrong's death was announced.