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Neil Alden Armstrong (1930 - 2012)

Neil Alden Armstrong
Born in Wapakoneta, Auglaize, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Died in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United Statesmap
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Neil Armstrong was an astronaut, Naval aviator and test pilot, veteran, and educator, who was the first man on the Moon, July 20, 1969.[1][2][3][4]
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Neil Alden Armstrong was born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio, the son of Stephen Armstrong and Viola Engel.[1][2][4][5]

At 10 Neil started working at the local cemetery, cutting grass to earn money for a model airplane.[6] By 14, he was working 3 jobs at 40 cents an hour to save up for flying lessons.[6] By 15, instead of learning to drive like his buddies, he earned his pilot's license and hitched a ride home so he could tell his parents.[6][2][4] Neil attended college at Purdue, majoring in aeronautical engineering, before serving in the Korean War.[2][4] He finished college upon returning from service, and joined the budding NASA organization, then called NACA.[2][4]

Neil married in 1956 after college and he and his wife Karen had three children together.[2][4] He married a second time to Carol, following his divorce from his first wife in 1994.[2][4]

Neil test piloted many high speed air craft for the military, including the X15 rocket plane, which could reach speeds of 4,000 miles per hour.[6][2][4]

Neil joined NASA's astronaut program in 1962, which led to his command position for the Gemini VIII program in 1966.[2] It was when he was 39 that Neil found what he was looking for; that is when he floated down the ladder and set foot on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 crew on July 20, 1969.[6][2][3][4] He and fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, stayed on the surface for two hours, collecting samples and images.[3]

The crew received numerous celebrations and medals for their trip to the moon.[2] Neil stayed with NASA until 1971, serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics.[2] He then joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati.[2][4] He also served as a chairman for Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc.[2][4] He was a vice chairman on the Presidential Commission on the Challenger space shuttle accident.[2][4]

Though he stayed out of the public eye for most of his later life, Neil did take an opportunity to speak out against the then US President's decision to end the space program and encourage private exploration in 2010.[2][4] Neil feared the US would lose its premiere position in space exploration.[2]

Neil Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio August 25, 2012, a few weeks after a heart bypass surgery.[2][4]

His ashes were committed to sea in the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea by his widow Carol.

Awards and Honors

Medal of
with Distinction
Space Medal
of Honor


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tom Bredehoft, information from family members in Washington Twp, Auglaize Co. Ohio.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 "Neil Armstrong", on, accessed 2 Oct 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind", on, accessed 2 Oct 2018
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Wilford, John Noble, "Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies at 82",, accessed 2 Oct 2018
  5. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 March 2018), Neil Armstrong in household of Stephen K Armstrong, Ward 1, St. Marys City, St. Marys Township, Auglaize, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6-21, sheet 3B, line 59, family 71, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3027.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 66-67, Harper Collins Publishing

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To be an astronaut, he had to take many tests. One was sitting in a room with the temperature turned up to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Another was sitting in a completely blacked out room with mothing else and being told to come out in 2 hours. It was to see if he could judge time with no help from clocks or lights.

The first time he went out to space, they had problems with the thrusters and thought the shuttle would be torn apart. They kept trying to make it to the moon though and finally did. They did not land where they had planned but they did land on July 20, 1969 while 1/5th of the world was watching on TV.


Meltzer, Brad, I am Neil Armstrong: Ordinary people change the world, Penguin

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
He grew up on a farm with no electricity.

At 3 he was scared of santa, he was not really very brave when he was young.

At 8 his biggest goal was to climb the biggest tree in his backyard. It seemed impossible to him. HIs first time trying, he grabbed a dead branch and landed 15 feet below on his back. He learned not to grab dead branches that day and also he learned that you have to get back up again. He did different jobs starting at 10. The money helped him buy toy airplanes which he loved.

He flew in 78 missions during the Korean War, for the Navy. One of them, he lost a wing and had to eject from the plane. He received many medals for his military time but he never bragged as he was taught to be humble.

He became a test pilot after becoming an engineer in college.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy

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