Interesting Facts About Neil Armstrong: He Took “A Giant Leap For Mankind”

Irrespective of where you come from, the name of Neil Armstrong don’t require any introduction, having been the first person to set foot and even walk on the moon on July 20th, 1969. He was a modest hero who made “a giant leap for mankind” when he first stepped on the moon.
Neil Alden Armstrong was born on August 5th, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. His mother was Viola Louise Engel, and his father was Stephen Armstrong, an auditor for the Ohio government.
His family lived in many places due to the job of his father, but they moved back to Neil’s birthplace permanently in 1944. Neil Armstrong was just five years old when he took his first airplane ride. Once in high school, he started flying lessons.
He earned his flight certificate at the age of 16, and at 17, he joined Perdue University to pursue aeronautical engineering. At the age of 18, he got an appointment to join the Navy and became a qualified Naval Aviator two weeks before he celebrated his 20th birthday.
After many years of military service and earning many degrees, he became the first person to set foot on the earth’s moon.
Without further ado, let’s look at some interesting facts about Neil Armstrong:
1. Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked on the moon and collected samples, took photographs, and conducted experiments for about 2 ½ hours.
2. As a young man, Neil did several odd jobs, even one which involved walking among the dead. When he was ten years old, he was paid $1 to mow a cemetery in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the small town where he was born (The town now has a museum named after Neil Armstrong.).
It was one of the several odd jobs an enterprising young Neil did around town. Finally, he earned a relatively good amount to pay for his $9-per-hour flying lessons.
3. Upon his return to Earth, Neil became an instant celebrity. But, he was always uneasy with the huge media attention and hardly gave interviews on the mission. Neil worked with NASA until his retirement in the 70s. He became a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
4. Neil almost did not make it to the Moon. After completing the first successful docking of two spacecraft in orbit in March 1966, Neil’s Gemini space capsule started to malfunction seriously.
The Flight Controllers ordered Armstrong and his colleague David Scott to abort the mission and come back home. According to an Associated Press account, the two endured some “desperate, fearful moments” before finally splashing down and the divers rescuing them.
On March 16th, 1966 Neil Armstrong and David Scott, another notable astronaut, were launched into the orbit of the Earth. This mission was unique because it was the first time two space vehicles docked successfully in space. However, issues emerge cutting the mission short and only eleven hours later they landed in the Pacific Ocean.
5. While other teens were eager to get behind the wheel, young Armstrong was finding his way into the cockpit. Neil’s enthusiasm for flying developed at an early age and received his pilot’s license even before he got his driver’s license.
6. In September 1962, NASA selected Armstrong to be an astronaut. He was the command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission and a backup command pilot for the Gemini 11 mission, both in 1966.
Neil put his piloting skills to good use on the moon landing when he decided to override the automatic pilot so that they wouldn’t land their module in a large rocky crater.
7. In 2010, Armstrong testified against the decision to abandon the Constellation program that would’ve included another historic journey to the moon.

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