Neil Armstrong

Early Life

* Born In Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930
* Neil developed a fascination with flight at an early age and earned his student pilot's license when he was 16.
* He joined what would become NASA, after finishing college and serving in the Korean War.

* He joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
* He joined the astronaut program in 1962, he was command pilot for Gemini VIII, in 1966, which was his first mission.
* In 1969, with Buss Aldrin, Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module to the moon's surface.
* He was the spacecraft commander for the Apollo 11, which was the first manned lunar mission and became the first man to walk on the moon.
* Armstrong remained with NASA, serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics until 1971.
* He later joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as a professor of aerospace engineering, after leaving NASA.

Later LIfe
* Armstrong served as a vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on the space shuttle Challenger accident in 1986.
* Neil remained committed to space exploration. He returned to the spotlight in 2010 to express his concerns over changes made to the U.S. space program.
* He underwent a heart bypass operation in 2012. He died a few weeks later at the age of 82, due to the complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Other Facts
* Armstrong testified in Congress against President Barack Obama's decision to cancel the Constellation program, which included another mission to the moon.
* Neil was a press-shy celebrity, but in his 2006 interview he shared his experiences about being the first man on the moon.
* 10:56 PM, Armstrong exited the Lunar Module. He said, "That's one small step for man, on giant leap for mankind," as he made his famous first step on the moon.

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