At 10 Neil started working at the local cemetery, cutting grass so he could earn the money for a model airplane. By 14, he was working 3 jobs at 40 cents an hour to save up for flying lessons. 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. Neil attended college at Purdue, majoring in aeronautical engineering, before serving in the Korean War. He finished college upon returning from service, and joined the budding NASA organization, then called NACA.
Neil married after college and he and his wife had three children together. He married a second time, following his divorce from his first wife in 1994.
Neil was tested many high speed air craft for the military, including the X15 rocket plane, which could reach speeds of 4,000 miles per hour.
Neil joined NASA's astronaut program in 1962, which led to his command position for the Gemini VIII program in 1966. 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. He and fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, stayed on the surface for two hours, collecting samples and images.
The crew received numerous celebrations and medals for their trip to the moon. Neil stayed with NASA until 1971, serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics. He then joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati. He also served as a chairman for Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. He was a vice chairman on the Presidential Commission on the Challenger space shuttle accident.
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. Neil feared the US would lose its premiere position in space exploration.
Neil Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio August 25, 2012, a few weeks after a heart bypass surgery.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWDR-R82 : 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.
↑ 6.06.16.26.36.4 Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 66-67, Harper Collins Publishing
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Neil by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Neil: