Neil Armstrong

Tia Arrington

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5th, 1930 in Wapakoneta Ohio.  He died on August 25th, 2012 in Cincinnati Ohio.  Armstrong attended Purdue University and University of Cincinnati where he studied aeronautical engineering.  He also served in the Korean war. Neil Armstrong made his legacy by becoming the first man to step foot on the moon.

He had a fascination in flight at a very early age and earned his student pilot's license when he was 16. A few years later, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He tested many high-speed aircraft, including the X-15, which could reach a top speed of 4,000 miles per hour.  

In his personal life, Armstrong started to settle down. He married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. The couple soon added to their family. Son Eric arrived in 1957, followed daughter Karen in 1959. Sadly, Karen died of complications related to an inoperable brain tumor in January 1962. The following year, the Armstrong's welcomed their third child, son Mark.

Armstrong faced a big challenge in 1969.  Along with Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, he was part of NASA's first manned mission to the moon. The trio were launched into space on July 16, 1969.  Armstrong and Aldrin collected samples and conducted experiments. They also took photographs, including their own footprints.  They returned on July 24th, 1969.  

Despite being one of the most famous astronauts in history, Armstrong largely shied away from the public eye. He gave a rare interview to the news program 60 Minutes in 2005.  Even in his final years, Armstrong remained committed to space exploration.

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