Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969 by becoming the first man to walk on the moon. He was spacecraft commander for Apollo 11. Along with Micheal Collins and Edwin Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong was apart of NASA's first manned mission to space. Armstrong said, "Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", as he made his first steps on the moon.

Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.

Early Life

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 near Wapakoneta, Ohio. Armstrong began his studies in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on the US Navy scholarship. His studies where interrupted in 1949 when he was called to serve in the Korean War. He served as the US Navy pilot. Armstrong flew 78 combat missions during this military conflict. He left the military, and returned to college and joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

Astronaut Program

In January 1962, Armstrong joined the astronaut program. He and his family moved to Huston, Texas. He served as the command pilot for his first mission "GeminiVII'. He and David Scott where launched into orbit on March 16, 1966.While in orbit, they were able to briefly dock their space capsule with the Gemini Agena target vehicle. This was the first time two vehicles had successfully docked in space.

Death & Legacy

Armstrong remained committed to space exploration. Armstrong underwent a heart bypass operation in August 2012. A few weeks later, on August 25, 2012, at the age of 82, Neil Armstrong died of complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was survived by his second wife, Carol, in Indian Hill, Ohio, and his two sons from his first marriage. He and his first wife divorced in 1994. News of Armstrong's death quickly spread around the world.

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