“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
Full Name : Neil Alden Armstrong
Nationality : American
Born : 5th August, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.
Died : 25th August, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. at the age of 82
Father : Stephen Armstrong
Mother : Viola Armstrong
Spouse : Carol Held Knight (m. 1994–2012), Janet Shearon (m. 1956–1994)
Space missions : Apollo 11, Gemini 8
Time in space : 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds
Awards : NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Air Medal and many more
On July 16, 1969, aboard the Apollo 11, launched at the Kennedy Space on a moon mission, Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon. He first stepped on the Moon on July 21, 1969, at 02:26 UTC. He was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer of Scottish-German descent. He is popularly known to have said, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” when he made his first step.
7 Surprising Facts About Neil Armstrong :
1. He Lived in 20 Towns
Armstrong’s father was an auditor for Ohio State government and as it is with public servant transfer was part of his job. The family had to move from town to town and it is estimated that Armstrong with his family lived in 20 towns. This was when he gained interest in flying.
2. His First Airplane Flight was at Age 5
Armstrong strong had his first aeroplane flight experience when he was five years in 1936. He joined his father in a ride on the Ford Trimotor “Tin Goose.” His father had made him join the Cleveland Air Races when he was two year.
3. He Had a Flight Certificate Before a Drivers License
On his 16th birthday, he received a flying certificate after taking lessons at the Wapakoneta airfield. This was even before he received a driver’s license. During his lessons at Wapakoneta, he was also a student at Blume High School.
4. He Studied Under a Holloway Plan
Armstrong attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through the Holloway Plan. In this, students had to do a two-year study and go for a flight training the next two years. They were then required to do a year in the US Navy as aviators before obtaining a bachelor degree in the final two years.
5. Took Part in the Korean War
During the Korean, War Armstrong made 78 combat mission. In one of his low bombing mission, an anti-aircraft attacked his plane. He manages to safe land and was picked by a colleague. The wreck of his plane was not found.
6. The First American Civilian in Space
Armstrong was the first American civilian to make it to space aboard Gemini 8 in 1966. The first in the world was the Soviet Union’s Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6. His mission was however unsuccessful and aborted after some technical issues.
7. The Court Dispute With His Barber
Armstrong had a legal dispute with his barber Mark Sizemore in 2005. Mark had sold some of Armstrong’s hair to a collector for $3,000 without his knowledge. Mark was given an option of donating the money to charity, bring back the hair or face legal action. He donated the $3,000 to charity.