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Neil Armstrong, Man on the Moon

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Neil Armstrong, born August 5, 1930, grew up to be the first man (or woman!) to set foot on the moon. And he did so much more with his life in addition to being an astronaut - he was a test pilot, a ... show more

Neil Armstrong, born August 5, 1930, grew up to be the first man (or woman!) to set foot on the moon. And he did so much more with his life in addition to being an astronaut - he was a test pilot, a university professor, an aeronautical engineer, and served in the Korean War. This little boy grew up to explore a lot of our world, physically and mentally!

He was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Stephen and Viola (Engel) Armstrong, the eldest of three children. An Eagle Scout, he fell in love with flying at the age of two and never lost that love. In fact, two weeks after his 20th birthday, he became a fully qualified Navy pilot and flew 78 missions in the Korean War (or Korean Conflict).

But he is perhaps best remembered as the commander of Apollo 11 (the crew also consisted of Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) and his famous statement upon stepping onto the moon: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." The "a" was not heard due to radio interference, so the well-known phrase became "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

After the Apollo 11 flight, Neil Armstrong taught, became active in business, and was still involved in NASA. But we all remember him for his first step onto the moon - and for where we were when we participated in that historic moment.

Neil Armstrong died August 25, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio, due to complications following heart surgery. He was 82 years old.

His family immediately issued a statment: "Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

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