Who doesn’t know about Neil Alden Armstrong? He was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the moon. Neil was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930. He was also an engineer, a pilot, and a college professor.
Armstrong joined the astronaut program in 1962. After commanding his first mission Gemini-8 in 1966, he was chosen for historical flight to moon, Apollo 11 in 1969. He was the mission commander. Along with Michael Collins and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, they launched into space on July 16, 1969. It was the historical moment for mankind when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon in Lunar Module while Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command and service module.
Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon and spent more than two hours collecting the rocks samples and studying the surface. Armstrong took the first step on moon, he said: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
After a successful mission to the moon, he took retirement from NASA in 1971 and started teaching until 1979. He later became a businessman. On August 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82.