Remembering Neil Armstrong

Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

Name
Neil Armstrong
Cities
Wapakoneta (birth)
Moon
Edwards AFB
Houston
San Diego
Pensacola
Los Angeles
West Lafayette
Schools
Purdue University
University of Southern California
Work
Pilot at US Navy
Test Pilot at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
Astronaut at NASA
Professor at University of Cincinnati
Father
Stephen Koenig Armstrong
Mother
Viola Louise Engel
Wife
Carol Held Knight
Former wife
Janet Shearon
Brother
June Armstrong
Dean Armstrong
Friend
Misha Collins

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Because The Moon Is There!

At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, the Saturn V rocket launched Apollo 11 into the sky from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the ground there were over 3,000 journalists, 7,000 dignitaries, and approximately a half million tourists watching this momentous occasion. The event went smoothly and as scheduled.

After one-and-a-half orbits around earth, the Saturn V thrusters flared once again and the crew had to manage the delicate process of attaching the lunar module (nicknamed Eagle) onto the nose of the joined command and service module (nicknamed Columbia). Once att...

Neil Armstrong, an American Story

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate stu...

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