Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Personal and early life
Neil A. Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. As a child he was very active in Boy Scouts. As a child he has always been fascinated by flying. At the age of fifteen he started taking flying lessons and by the age of sixteen he received his pilot's license. He graduated Blume High School in 1947. He received a Masters of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Southern California. In 1949 he left school early when the navy called him into active duty, he became a Navy pilot in the Korean War. After the war he then returned to Purdue and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Armstrong received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy in 1970, the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 1969, along with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978.

NASA
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In 1955 Neil joined NASA, (earlier known as NACA). In July of 1969, Neil Armstrong was the commander of the Apollo 11. On July 16, Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin took off from Cape Canaveral and headed towards the moon, four days later on July 20, they had finally touched down on the surface. Armstrong then become the first man to touch the moon, He quoted some of the most unforgettable words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Life after NASA
Neil Armstrong became Deputy Associate Administrator for aeronautics for the Office of Advanced Research and Technology. He served this position for only 13 months, he then resigned from it and NASA altogether in the August of 1971.and became a professor at the University of Cincinnati. He was a professor of aerospace engineering until 1979. He then served on the National Commission of space from 1985-1986. In 1986 he became Vice Chairman of the presidential commission that investigated the Challenger explosion.