By: Genequa Edmondson
Born: August 5, 1930, Auglaize County, Ohio. Hometown Wapakoneta, Ohio
Died: August 25, 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio
Education:Purdue University, (1947-1949, 1952-1955) B.S.; University of Southern California, M.A., 1970
Armstrong was an Eagle Scout and had his pilot's license before he had a driver's license. He earned a Navy scholarship to Purdue. Despite being one of the most famous astronauts in history, Armstrong largely shied away from the public eye. He stayed committed to the space exploration his whole life. Armstrong started to settle down. He married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. Eric their son was born, in 1957, then their daughter Karen in 1959. Karen died of complications related to an brain tumor in January 1962. In 1963 they had another son Mark.
That same year, Armstrong joined the astronaut program. He and his family moved to Houston, Texas, and he served as the command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII. He and David Scott were launched into the earth's 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. During this maneuver, however, they experienced some problems and had to cut their mission short. They landed in the Pacific Ocean nearly 11 hours after the mission's start, and were later rescued by the U.S.S. Mason.
FOR A LIVING
US Naval Aviator
Professor Naval Officer
Born August 5, 1930 Auglaize County, Ohio. Hometown Wapakoneta Ohio
- Carol Held Knight spouse, Janet Shearon former spouse, Mark Armstrong & Eric Armstrong sons, Karen Armstrong daughter, Stephen Armstrong father, Viola Armstrong mother, Dean Armstrong brother, June Armstrong sister
Neil Armstrong died as a married man. Above is his current wife.
Famous quote “It's a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it."[Describing the moon.]”
Harrison H. Schmitt
1. He was born on his grandparent’s farm.
2. Developed an interest in flying at an early age.
3. Made history on July 20, 1969.