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Biographical Data

NAME: Neil A. Armstrong
NASA Astronaut

Born August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio Married with 2 sons.

Bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University; master of science degree in aerospace engineering from University of Southern California. He holds an honorary doctorate from a number of universities.

Armstrong joined NACA, (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), NASA's predecessor, as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the 4,000 mph X-15. He has flown over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters, and gliders.

In 1962, Armstrong was transferred to astronaut status. He served as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission, launched March 16, 1966, and performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

In 1969, Armstrong was commander of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, and gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the Moon and the first man to step on its surface.

Armstrong subsequently held the position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters Office of Advanced Research and Technology, from 1970 to 1971, when he resigned from NASA.

From 1949 to 1952, he served as a naval aviator; he flew 78 combat missions during the Korean War.

During 1971-1979, Armstrong was professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he was involved in both teaching and research.

He is the recipient of many special honors, including the Presidential Medal for Freedom in 1969; the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy in 1970; the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 1969; and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, 1978.

MAY 1989

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