Neil Armstrong

By: Kiara Hughes

About him and his Family

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5th, 1930 in his hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio. This time was at the beginning of the Great Depression. His full name is Neil Alden Armstrong. He grew up with his mom and dad, one sister and one brother. His sisters name was Viola, and his brothers name was Stephen. Neil was the oldest of all of his siblings. Throughout childhood, this very smart little boy loved reading books and listening to music. He also liked airplanes from a very young age on. Armstrong had always had a passion for flying. Although, the first flight he was ever on made him uneasy. At the young age of 8, he started to build airplanes out of paper and balsa wood. Neil soon started steps towards becoming a test pilot which was very dangerous and exciting at the same time. At age 10, Armstrongs family moved to Sandusky, Ohio. Like every other high school boy, Neil had a reputation. His reputation was that he was a go-getter, and that he achieves his goals that he sets. In his high school years, he tool lying lessons at the age of 15. He then decided that he wanted to go higher and farther with flying and got into astronomy. This then sparked a passion for Neil. He continued on this pass until he became an Astronaut. Mr. Armstrong also served in the Korean war that took place in 1955. The very famous man, Neil Armstrong, died at the age of 82 after complications after having cardiovascular surgery.

Accomplishments (FIrst Man On Moon Details)

"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." These are the famous words of Neil Armstrong when he was the first to step foot on the moon. From the early years on, Neil always knew that he wanted an aviation career. At age 16, Armstrong became a licensed pilot, in 1947, he became a naval air cadet. Mr. Armstrong started his career with NASA as a research pilot after the Korean war in 1962. On March 16, 1966, he became the command pilot of the Gemini 8 spacecraft. He also was the first to accomplish the manual space-docking maneuver. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission took place. This was the event when Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins were launched to the moon. They actually landed the "Eagle" lunar landing module on the moon on July 20, 1969. The trip costed 25 billion dollars. Neil was the very first man to set foot on the moon. The moon was described as dusty. The crew was on the moon for 21 hours, and 37 minutes. Millions of people were watching this amazing and exciting event take place. While they were up there, they collected rock samples, took photos, and deployed scientific instruments there. The journey back to Earth began July 21, 1969, and was landed on Earth the same day. When Neil returned home to Earth, he became a professor of aeronautical engineering at the University Of Cincinati for NASA. This schooling began in 1971. All of these accomplishments are great things for one person to achieve. Unfortunately, these accomplishments ended at his old age of 82 due to complications after surgery.