Neil Armstrong

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
Queen Lindsey IV
3rd Hour

Neil Armstrong was born in Auglaize County, Ohio on August 5, 1930 and died in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 25, 2012.

Significant Events in History that Affected Neil's Life

  • Cold War
  • When the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane
  • Korean War

Neil's Childhood

Neil and his family moved a lot when he was younger because his dad worked for the government, but Neil never had trouble making friends in the new places he moved to. He loved building model planes out of balsa wood, and wire, tissue paper. These model airplanes were powered by wound up rubber bands. As a teenager, Neil took airplane flying lessons, and by the age of 15, he received his license.

People Who Influenced Neil's Life

  • The Wright brothers- flew the first plane, inspired Neil to want to learn more about how airplanes worked
  • Stephen and Viola Armstrong(Neil's parents)- gave Neil airplane model kits when he was a child and allowed him to take flying lessons
  • Mr. Crites(Neil's teacher)- loved airplanes and taught Neil about space

Unique Facts

  • Neil had gotten his pilot's license before his driver's license.
  • Neil had a three year old daughter who died of a brain tumor.
  • Neil and the other two astronauts who had gone with him to the moon had to stay in quarantine for three weeks after they returned form the moon, so doctors could check for bacteria or other diseases they could have brought back with them.
  • The footprints Neil left on the moon are still there because there is no wind on the moon.


  • Flew 78 missions in the Korean War
  • Earned the Eagle rank in Boy Scouts (highest rank)
  • Joined NASA in 1952
  • Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon in 1970
  • Received the first Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Jimmy Carter

The theme of Neil's life was...

if you stick with your dreams and you don't give up, you will eventually achieve them. Neil had loved airplanes and space ever since his childhood, and he wanted to work in aeronautics ever since he was young. Neil went to school and studied a lot, and eventually he became the first person to set foot on the moon.

Works Cited

Edwards, Roberta, and Stephen Marchesi. Who Was Neil Armstrong? N.p.: Penguin Group, 2012. Print.

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