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Astronaut honoured by university
Neil Armstrong
More than half a billion people watched the moon landings live
The first man to walk on the moon is to receive an honorary degree from Edinburgh University.

Neil Armstrong will be given his award in June at a ceremony in the British Embassy in Washington DC.

The 77-year-old will receive his degree from British-born astronaut Piers John Sellars, a former student at the Scottish university.

Mr Armstrong made history on 20 July 1969 when he and Buzz Aldrin docked the spacecraft Apollo 11 on the moon.

A spokesman for Edinburgh University said: "The university has been working on arranging this for some time.

"Neil Armstrong has accepted our invitation and he will receive his honorary degree as part of a programme of events in Washington DC in June."

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