CAPE CANAVERAL --The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, is recovering from bypass heart surgery Wednesday.

He is reported to be ingoodspirits and, according to his wife, Carol, "He's doing great."

Armstrong, who just celebrated his 82nd birthday Sunday, went to the hospital Monday for a stress test.

He flunked, and Tuesday surgeons bybassed four blockages in his coronary arteries and Wednesday he's recoverying as expected.

His wife Carol told Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, that Neil's spirits are high and the doctors expect no problems with his recovery.

Armstrong, of Wapakoneta, was firsta project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known, 4000-mph X-15. He has flown over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders.

Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962. He was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission.

Gemini 8 was launched on March 16, 1966, and Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.

At 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969,Armstrong, more than 240,000 miles from Earth, spokethese words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Then he stepped off thelunar landing module Eagle.

Armstrong has largely stayed out of public view in recent years but appeared at Ohio State University in February for an event honoring fellow astronaut John Glenn.