Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut was the first person who walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. It was one of the biggest achievements in the field of astronomy. He was born on August 5, 1930. His full name is Neil Alden Armstrong. He realized his love and passion for flying at an early age. He earned his pilot’s license when he was only 16 years old, even before getting a driving license. He started his career as a test pilot after graduating from college. Other than that, he was a naval aviator, aero-space engineer and university professor.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- In 1949, Armstrong had served in the Korean War for the US navy. He flew 78 missions over Korea. His total time in the air was 121 hours.
- In 1955, he joined NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) as an engineer which would later become NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
- Gemini 8 was the first space mission for Neil Armstrong. He was the command pilot. He took on a teaching role for Gemini 11.
- He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour a civilian can earn from the US government.
- On December 23, 1968, Armstrong was offered the command of the Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the moon.
- He exited the Lunar Module at 10:56 PM on July 20, 1969 and took the first step on the moon.
- He remained with NASA until 1971. Then he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as a professor of Aerospace Engineering and worked for 8 years.
- His famous quote is, “It is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. Armstrong said these words when he took the first step on the moon.
- Neil Armstrong died On August 25, 2012 due to complications from a heart surgery.
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