By: tyreia joyner

Neil Armstrong

Neil was Born on August 5, 1930.  His hometown is a place called Wapakoneta, Ohio.  He married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. The couple soon added to their family. Son Eric arrived in 1957, followed by daughter Karen in 1959. Sadly, Karen died of complications related to an inoperable brain tumor in January 1962.

He developed a fascination with flight at an early age and earned his student pilot’s license when he was 16. In 1947, Armstrong began his studies in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on a U.S. Navy scholarship.  His studies, however, were interrupted in 1949 when he was called to serve in the Korean war as a U.S. Navy pilot.  He left the service in 1952, and returned to college.  A few years later, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  

He was part of NASA’s first manned mission to the moon.  he was launched into space on July 16, 1969. Serving as the mission’s commander, Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module to the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969.  At 10:56 PM, Armstrong exited the Lunar Module.  Returning on July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 craft came down in the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii.  Armstrong received numerous awards for his efforts, including the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.  

Armstrong remained with NASA, serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics until 1971. After leaving NASA, he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as a professor of aerospace engineering. Armstrong remained at the university for eight years. Staying active in his field, he served as the chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc., from 1982 to 1992.  Armstrong and his first wife divorced in 1994. He spent his final years with his second wife, Carol, in Indian Hill, Ohio. He died at age 82 on August 25, 2012, several weeks after undergoing heart surgery.

Armstrongs greatest quote was That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

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