Neil Armstrong

Astronaut; First Human To Set Foot On the Moon

Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Armstrong.


1930 Birth Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel in Auglaize County, near Wapakoneta, Ohio. … Read More
1936 5 Years Old When he was five, he experienced his first airplane flight in Warren, Ohio on July 20, 1936 when he and his father took a ride in a Ford Trimotor, also known as the "Tin Goose".


1944 13 Years Old His father's last move was in 1944, back to Neil's birthplace, Wapakoneta, in Auglaize County. … Read More
1947 16 Years Old In 1947, at age 17, Armstrong began studying aeronautical engineering at Purdue University. … Read More
1949 18 Years Old Armstrong's call-up from the Navy arrived on January 26, 1949, requiring him to report to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training at age 18. … Read More
1950 19 Years Old On August 16, 1950, two weeks after his 20th birthday, Armstrong was informed by letter that he was a fully qualified Naval Aviator. … Read More


1951 - 1952 4 More Events
…  Armstrong graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. … Read More
They were married on January 28, 1956, at the Congregational Church in Wilmette, Illinois. … Read More
1957 - 1958 2 More Events
1960 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He remained in the reserve for eight years, then resigned his commission on October 21, 1960.


A few weeks later on May 21, 1962, Armstrong was involved in what Edwards' folklore called the "Nellis Affair." … Read More
1965 34 Years Old The crew assignments for Gemini 8 were announced on September 20, 1965, with Armstrong as Command Pilot and David Scott as Pilot. … Read More
1966 35 Years Old …  The launch was on September 12, 1966, with Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon on board, who successfully completed the mission objectives, while Armstrong served as CAPCOM. … Read More
1967 36 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 27, 1967, the date of the Apollo 1 fire, Armstrong was in Washington, D.C., with Gordon Cooper, Dick Gordon, Jim Lovell and Scott Carpenter for the signing of the United Nations Outer Space Treaty. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 6, 1968, about 100 feet (30 m) above the ground, Armstrong's controls started to degrade and the LLTV began banking. … Read More
A March 1969 meeting between Slayton, George Low, Bob Gilruth, and Chris Kraft determined that Armstrong would be the first person on the Moon, in some part because NASA management saw Armstrong as a person who did not have a large ego.
1970 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1970, Armstrong traveled to the Soviet Union to present a talk at the 13th annual conference of the International Committee on Space Research; after arriving in Leningrad from Poland, he traveled to Moscow where he met Premier Alexei Kosygin. … Read More


1971 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He was appointed Deputy Associate Administrator for aeronautics for the Office of Advanced Research and Technology, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), but served in this position for only a year, and resigned from it and NASA as a whole in 1971. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old …  President Jimmy Carter presented Armstrong the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978. … Read More
1979 48 Years Old 1 More Event
After teaching for eight years, he resigned in 1979 without explaining his reason for leaving.


1985 54 Years Old The group included Armstrong, Edmund Hillary, Hillary's son Peter, Steve Fossett, and Patrick Morrow, and arrived on April 6, 1985. … Read More


1991 - 1992 2 More Events
Armstrong's first wife, Janet, divorced him in 1994, after 38 years of marriage.
1999 - 2005 4 More Events
2010 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, he made a rare public criticism of the decision to cancel the Ares 1 launch vehicle and the Constellation Moon landing program. … Read More
In 2012, brother Dean Armstrong claimed that Neil had shown him a note with a draft of the line months before the launch, although historian Andrew Chaikin, who had interviewed the astronaut in 1988 for his book A Man on the Moon, disputed that he had ever claimed coming up with the line spontaneously during the mission. … Read More
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