Neil Armstrong

Monday, July 20, 2009


This article is about the former American astronaut. For former NHL linesman, see Neil Armstrong (ice hockey).

Neil Armstrong

USAF / NASA Astronaut
Status
Retired
Born
August 5, 1930 (1930-08-05) (age 78)Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.
Previous occupation
Naval aviator, Test pilot
Time in space
8 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes
Selection
1958 MISS; 1960 Dyna-Soar; 1962 NASA Astronaut Group 2
Missions
Gemini 8, Apollo 11
Mission insignia
Moon landing
Neil Alden Armstrong (born August 5, 1930) is an American aviator and a former astronaut, test pilot, university professor, and United States Naval Aviator. He was the first person to set foot on the Moon. His first spaceflight was aboard Gemini 8 in 1966, for which he was the command pilot. On this mission, he performed the first manned docking of two spacecraft together with pilot David Scott. Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent 2½ hours exploring while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module. Armstrong is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was in the United States Navy and saw action in the Korean War. After the war, he served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he flew over 900 flights in a variety of aircraft. As a research pilot, Armstrong served as project pilot on the F-100 Super Sabre A and C aircraft, F-101 Voodoo, and the Lockheed F-104A Starfighter. He also flew the Bell X-1B, Bell X-5, North American X-15, F-105 Thunderchief, F-106 Delta Dart, B-47 Stratojet, KC-135 Stratotanker and Paresev. He graduated from Purdue University and the University of Southern California.
Contents[hide]
1 Early years
2 Navy service
3 Test pilot
4 Astronaut career
4.1 Gemini program
4.1.1 Gemini 8
4.1.2 Gemini 11
4.2 Apollo program
4.2.1 Apollo 11
4.2.1.1 Voyage to the Moon
4.2.1.2 First Moon walk
4.2.1.3 Return to Earth
5 Life after Apollo
5.1 Teaching
5.2 NASA accident investigations
5.3 Business activities
6 Personal life
7 Legacy
8 See also
9 Bibliography
10 Notes
11 External links
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