Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)
Neil Armstrong who was an American astronaut test pilot and university professor died on
25 August 2012. He was born 5 August 1930. Let’s go through his life journey:
1. Neil Alden Armstrong was born in 1930, on his
grandfather’s farm near Wapakoneta.
2. He had two younger siblings named June and Dean.
3. Neil developed his interest in flying at the age of two when
his father took him in a National Air Race.
4. At the age of 15 he began to take flying lesson.
5. At the age pf 16 he had his student pilot’s license.
6. After his high school he got scholarship from US Navy and
after that enrolled at Purdue University and began his
studies of aeronautical engineering.
7. In 1949, The Navy called Neil to active duty, where he
became an aviator.
8. After aggregating Navy Armstrong joined NACA
(National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) and
worked there for near about 16 years, as a test pilot and engineer.
9. In 1950 Neil transferred to NASA’s Flight Research Center.
10. After being transferred to astronaut status in 1962, On 16 March 1966 he flew his
first space mission Gemini 8 spacecraft.
11.As commander for Apollo 11, Armstrong gained distinction of being the first man to
land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.
12.In 1970, he took the position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics in
13.After resigning from NASA in 1971, he became a professor as Aerospace
Engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979.
During his journey of life he had been awarded by various honors including Presidential
Medal of freedom, Congressional Gold Medal and many more. After all these
achievements he took his last breath on 25 August 2012.