National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
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.
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