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Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He was the son of Stephen Koenig
Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel.
The pace of his early years was dictated by frequent relocations, due to the nature of his father' s work
(an auditor for...
In 1947, Armstrong began studying aerospace engineering at Purdue University, in Indiana. His tuition
fees were taken care of under the Holloway Plan. In return for a three-year service commitment, the
federal government was willing to pay for officer...
In 1949, Armstrong reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola to begin his flight training with the Navy.
He took part in the Korean War on August, 1951 and was involved in almost 80 missions. He then left
the Navy in 1952
After serving as a naval...
In 1958, he was selected for the U.S Man In Space Soonest program- an Air Force program aimed to
send a man in outer space before USSR did. In 1962 he joined the NASA Astronaut group 2, also
known as the New Nine...
In March, 1966 Armstrong was chosen as Command Pilot for Gemini 8, a mission that was the first of
its genre under many aspects. The crew assignments included a rendezvous and the first- ever docking
with a target vehicle and were both successfully...
In December, 1968, Armstrong was offered the post of commander for Apollo 11- the first manned lunar landing mission. He became the first man to land a craft on the moon and to step on its surface on July 20, 1969...
Armstrong was appointed as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters in
Washington, D.C. He was responsible for the coordination of NASA research and technology work
related to aeronautics...