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“ I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
-President John F. Kennedy
By: Jennifer Rodriguez
On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong slowly climbed down the Eagle Lunar Module and became the first person to walk on the moon. He went with astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the lunar module. They were being watched by millions and millions of people on the television. Neil told the world…. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind !” He went to the moon not just to become the first person on the moon ,he also went to run a number of experiments and collected many moon rocks samples to take back home. Neil told Mission control that the moon’s surface was powdery and that it was very easy to move around on. Neil and Buzz planted a U.S. Flag and a plaque on the moon before they went back to Earth.
1930- Neil Alden Armstrong is born on August 5, in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
1936-First airplane flight with his father, Stephen, in Warren, Ohio.
1944-First flying lessons at Port Koneta Airport.
1945-Receives his student pilot license on his sixteenth birthday.
1946-Graduates from Blume High School; joins navy cadet scholarship program; enrolls at Purdue University in aeronautical engineering.
1949-Called into active duty by the U.S. Navy; flies 78 Korean War fighter missions with fighter Squadron 51; receives 3 metals.
1955-Graduates from Purdue; accepts a job at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Ohio and later at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1956-Marries Janet Shearon.
1962-Joins NASA’s astronaut program.
1966-Successfully commands the Gemini 8 mission despite problems.
1969-Serves as commander of Apollo 11; becomes first person to walk on the moon on July 20.
1970-1971-Serves as the head of NASA’s aeronautics division; earns a master’s degree.
1971-Retires from NASA; moves to a dairy farm in Lebanon, Ohio.
1971-1979-Works as a professor of aeronautical engineering in Cincinnati.
1986-Investigates the “Challenger” shuttle disaster.
1994-Neil and Janet Armstrong Divorce.
Herbert C. Hoover:
*What three questions would I ask Neil Armstrong If I could?*