The First Man on the Moon - Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut who became the first person to set foot on the moon, and he is one of the most famous astronauts in world history. He received several awards and honors both in the United States and around the world for his achievements. A number of high schools and elementary schools in the US were named after him as well.

Neil Armstrong was born in a town called Wapakoneta in Ohio on August 5, 1930. His father’s name was Stephen Koenig Armstrong, and his mother was Viola Louise Engel. He has two other siblings, who are named June and Dean. When he was studying at the Blume High School in Wapakoneta, he joined the Boys Scouts, and he excelled and earned the “Eagle Scout” rank.

In 1947, Armstrong was selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study engineering, but he chose to study at Purdue University instead. He studied aerospace engineering in Purdue, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. He also holds a masters degree in aerospace engineering, which he received from the University of Southern California in 1970.

At the age of 20, Armstrong flew in several combat missions during the Korean War, and he earned Gold Stars and an Air Medal for his participation. After completing his masters in aeronautical engineering, he joined the NACA as a civilian test pilot. While he was working at the Edwards Air Force Base in California, he managed to reach an altitude exceeding 200,000 feet with one of the high speed airplanes. Soon, NASA took notice of him and selected him to be an astronaut in 1962.

In 1965, Armstrong was selected as a command backup pilot for NASA’s Gemini 5 mission, and he also joined the Gemini 11 mission in 1966. In 1968, he was appointed the commander of the Apollo 8 lunar mission. The following year, he was named the commander of crew for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. On July 20, 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the moon. Along with Armstrong, the other crew members of the Apollo11 were astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Armstrong spoke the famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” after he stepped off from the Apollo Lunar module.

The lunar landing was a great achievement for the Americans, as it proved that the United States was ahead of the Soviet Union in the space race. After the successful Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong was honored with numerous awards, which included the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

After his career as an astronaut, Armstrong became a professor of aeronautical engineering. He also served in the National Commission of Space for a brief period of time. Neil Armstrong is married and has two children, and he currently resides in Lebanon, Ohio.

·        Biography for Neil Armstrong: Information about the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong.

·        Man on the Moon: Article that relates the historic event of the first man landing on the moon.

·        Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11: An account of Neil Armstrong’s role in the Apollo 11 mission.

·        Apollo 11 Image Gallery: A gallery of photos of the Apollo 11 lunar mission.

·        Neil Armstrong Receives Moon Rock Award: A news article about Neil Armstrong receiving the Moon Rock Award from NASA.

·        Interview with Neil Armstrong: The New Space Race’s email interview with Neil Armstrong.