Today we are celebrating the death anniversary of Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut, military pilot, and teacher. This man made history on 20 July 1969. Born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil served his country in the Korean War.
After the chaos of the war the astronaut finished college and joined the organization that would become NASA. Armstrong entered the astronaut program in 1962 and was command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII, in 1966. He then had the opportunity to become the spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, and the first man to undertake it. Moon. Armstrong was fascinated by flying at an early age. He earned his student pilot’s license at age 16, and then in 1947, Armstrong began his studies in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on a US Navy scholarship. Two years later, as part of his scholarship, Armstrong trained as a pilot in the Navy. He began seeing active service in the Korean War two years later and flew 78 combat missions during this military conflict. After earning his release from active duty in 1952, Armstrong returned to college.
Neil joined NASA after completing his education and college. He was also a part of the astronaut program and later in 1969 he faced the biggest challenge of his life. Serving as the mission’s commander, Armstrong launched the Lunar Module to the surface of the Moon on July 20 of the same year. This year he also created history by becoming the first person to step on the moon. There is an authorized biography of the legend, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong which was published in 2005. It was James R. Hansen, who conducted interviews with Armstrong as well as his family, friends and colleagues. Armstrong died later in the year 2021, shortly after undergoing heart surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio.