Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 4,
1930. He was the first man on the moon. He became a very popular man and was
famous for his quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for
Neil Armstrong attended Purdue University where he
received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. Next, he
attended University of Southern California. He received a Master of
Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.
From 1949 to 1952, Neil Armstrong was a naval aviator.
He flew 78 combat missions when he was fighting in the Korean War.
During 1971 and 1979,
Armstrong was a professor of aerospace engineering at The University of
Cincinnati. He was involved in both teaching and research.
In 1962, Armstrong became an
astronaut. He served as command pilot for Gemini 8 mission that was launched on
March 16,1966. During that mission, he was involved in successfully docking two
vehicles in space.
In1969, Armstrong was
commander of Apollo 11. Apollo 11 was the first manned lunar
landing mission. Neil Armstrong became the first man to land a craft on
the Moon, and he became the
first man to step on its surface.
In 1971, Armstrong left the
NASA program. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan selected Armstrong to the
National Commission on Space. This group worked on developing goals for
the civilian Space Program into the 21-century. In 1986 President Reagan named
him vice chairman of Rogers Commission, which investigated the space shuttle
Presidential Medal for Freedom in 1969
- The Robert H.
Goddard Memorial Trophy in 1970
- The Robert J.
Collier Trophy in 1969
- Congressional Space
Medal of Honor in 1978.