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Neil Armstrong

Astronaut and 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong

Profession: Astronaut and 1st Man on the Moon

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Biography: A NASA astronaut and commander of the 1969 US Apollo 11 Moon mission.

During a landmark TV broadcast he became the first man to walk on the Moon saying "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Born: August 5, 1930
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo

Died: August 25, 2012 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Cardiovascular disease

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Married Life

  • 1956-01-28 Science student later astronaut Neil Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1994-06-12 Astronaut Neil Armstrong (63) marries second wife Carol Held Knight

Historical Events

  • 1962-01-17 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m
  • 1962-04-05 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m
  • 1962-04-20 NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
  • 1966-03-16 Gemini 8 launched with Neil Armstrong and David R. Scott aboard, conducts the 1st docking of two spacecraft in orbit, flight aborted after critical system failure with the crew returned safely to Earth
  • 1969-07-20 Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module
  • 1969-07-21 Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to step on the Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT)

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