while feeding the sense of curiosity of a handful of moon walkers - not Michael Jackson though !
Jim Lovell, commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, said Obama's decision would have "catastrophic consequences" for US space exploration.The last man on the Moon, Eugene Cernan, said it was "disappointing". Last month Mr Obama cancelled Nasa's Constellation Moon landings programme, approved by ex-President George W Bush.Nasa still aims to send astronauts back to the Moon, but it is likely to take decades.
Although Cernan and Lovell expressed their dismay with President Obama's decision, Mr Armstrong tactfully avoided the subject.When Armstrong set foot on the Moon in July 1969, it seemed as if humanity would soon colonise other worlds. The full BBC report is here