Neil Armstrong

By: Brett Walker

Early Life

First off, Neil Alden Armstrong was born on August 5th, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. His parents were Stephen and Viola Armstrong. Neil began to find a love for flight at age six, and flew in his first plane that year. Armstrong decided loved flying so much he wanted to go to school for it. In 1947, he enrolled at Purdue University to earn a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Neil was called to active duty in 1949 as a Naval Pilot. Then in 1952, Armstrong returned to Purdue to complete his bachelor's degree.

Astronaut Career

Next, Armstrong had a short yet tremendous career. He became an astronaut in 1962 at NASA. His first mission was Gemini 8 mission in which he orbited the Earth. However, Neil's most famous mission was the Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong was the very first human on the Moon. He said these words as he stepped onto the Moon's surface, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
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Neil Armstrong's Space Suit

Lastly, Neil's space suit that he wore was very elaborate. The total cost of the suit was $100,000, which is $670,000 today. There was a total of 21 layers in all, and that was hard to design because Armstrong still had to move. The suit was designed to protect Neil in a range of temperatures from -280 degrees Fahrenheit to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the suit could ultimately withstand 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The cloth used on the outside layer was called Beta cloth. All in all, Neil's spacesuit was very strong and worked very good.
Neil Armstrong - First Moon Landing 1969