1930 | Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5 |
1947 | Armstrong began his studies in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on a U.S. Navy scholarship. |
1949 | His studies, however, were interrupted in 1949 when he was called to serve in the Korean War. |
1955 | Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which laterbecame the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). |
1962 | Armstrong joined the astronaut program. He served as the command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII.He and fellow astronaut David Scott were launched into the earth's orbit on March 16, 1966. |
1969 | Armstrong along with Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, he was part of NASA's first manned mission to the moon.|
1969 | The trio were launched into space on July 16, 1969. Serving as the mission's commander, Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module to the moon's surface on July 20, 1969, with Buzz Aldrin aboard. Collins remained on the Command Module. |
1970 | Armstrong remained with NASA, serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics until 1971. |
1971-1979 | He joined the faculty of theUniversity of Cincinnati as a professor of aerospace engineering. Armstrong remained at the university for eight years. |
1982-1992 | Staying active in his field, he served as the chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. |
2012 | Armstrong underwent a heart bypass operation in August 2012. A few weeks later, on August 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong died of "complications resulting fromcardiovascular procedures" at the age of 82. |
NEIL ARMSTRONG (1930-2012)
Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5,
1930. After serving in the Korean War and then finishing college, he joined the organization that would become NASA. He joinedthe astronaut program in 1962 and was command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII, in 1966. He was spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, and the first man to walk on the moon. He died in 2012.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong developed a fascination with flight at an early age and earned his student pilot's license when he was 16. In 1947, Armstrongbegan his studies in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on a U.S. Navy scholarship.
His studies, however, were interrupted in 1949 when he was called to serve in the Korean War. A U.S. Navy pilot, Armstrong flew 78 combat missions during this military conflict. He left the service in 1952, and returned to college. A few years later, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee forAeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For this government agency he worked in a number of different capacities, including serving as a test pilot and an engineer. He tested many high-speed aircraft, including the X-15, which could reach a top speed of 4,000 miles per hour.
In his personal life, Armstrong started tosettle down. He married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. The couple soon added to their family. Son Eric arrived in 1957, followed daughter Karen in 1959. Sadly, Karen died of complications related to an inoperable brain tumor in January 1962. The following year, the Armstrongs welcomed their third child, son Mark.
That same year, Armstrong joined the astronaut program. He and his family movedto Houston, Texas, and Armstrong served as the command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII. He and fellow astronaut David Scott were launched into the earth's orbit on March 16, 1966. While in orbit, they were able to briefly dock their space capsule with the Gemini Agena target vehicle. This was the first time two vehicles had successfully docked in space. During this maneuver, however,...
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