Neil Armstrong

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Neil Armstrong:

Neil Armstrong The First Man On The Moon

Who is Neil Armstrong?:

Who is Neil Armstrong? Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. His nationality is Scottish, Irish, and German. He has a younger brother named Dean and a younger sister named June. His love of flight started extremely early. He flew around the country with his father and lived in over twenty different towns!

Early Years of Flying:

Early Years of Flying Neil Armstrong attended Blume High School. He immediately started flying lessons at the county airport and at age 15 he received his flight certificate before he had his drivers license. He was also a highly decorated Eagle Scout and received the Silver Buffalo Award.

The Road to Becoming an Astronaut:

The Road to Becoming an Astronaut In 1947, Armstrong was accepted into MIT but decided to study aerospace engineering at Purdue University. He was the second person in his family to attend college. He was awarded a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1955 and in 1970 a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. Armstrong holds honorary doctorates from a number of universities.

The Navy:

The Navy In 1949 Neil Armstrong reported to the naval air station in Pensacola, Florida for flight training. His training lasted 18 months. In 1950 he became a fully qualified naval aviator. Armstrong fought in the Korean War and had a total of 78 missions with 121 hours of flight time. He left the Navy two years later and was a highly decorated pilot. He received the Gold Star, Air Medal, Korean Service Medal, and an Engagement Star.

Astronaut Career:

Astronaut Career In 1958 he was selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Man In Space Soonest program. The Apollo 11 mission was the first successful mission to the moon. Armstrong set his left boot on the surface of the moon at 2:56 P.M. on July 21, 1969. Then he spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Other than the Apollo 11 mission he also was involved in several others like the Gemini 8 and 11.

Life after Apollo:

Life after Apollo After Armstrong returned to Earth he decided to retire from space missions. In 1971 he retired from NASA all together. He then accepted a teaching position in the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. After teaching for eight years he resigned in 1979.

Personal Life:

Personal Life Neil Armstrong married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. They had three children together however their youngest daughter died to due to pneumonia in 1962. In 1994 Janet divorced Neil after 38 years of marriage. Neil got married to Carol Knight on June 12, 1994. He currently lives in Indian Hill, Ohio with his wife Carol of seventeen and a half years.

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