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Wikipedia Summary for Neil Armstrong

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer, and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.

A graduate of Purdue University, Armstrong studied aeronautical engineering; his college tuition was paid for by the U.S. Navy under the Holloway Plan. He became a midshipman in 1949 and a naval aviator the following year. He saw action in the Korean War, flying the Grumman F9F Panther from the aircraft carrier USS Essex. In September 1951, while making a low bombing run, Armstrong's aircraft was damaged when it collided with an anti-aircraft cable, strung across a valley, which cut off a large portion of one wing. Armstrong was forced to bail out. After the war, he completed his bachelor's degree at Purdue and became a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was the project pilot on Century Series fighters and flew the North American X-15 seven times. He was also a participant in the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs.

Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in the second group, which was selected in 1962. He made his first spaceflight as command pilot of Gemini 8 in March 1966, becoming NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. During this mission with pilot David Scott, he performed the first docking of two spacecraft; the mission was aborted after Armstrong used some of his re-entry control fuel to stabilize a dangerous roll caused by a stuck thruster. During training for Armstrong's second and last spaceflight as commander of Apollo 11, he had to eject from the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle moments before a crash.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) pilot Buzz Aldrin became the first people to land on the Moon, and the next day they spent two and a half hours outside the Lunar Module Eagle spacecraft while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the Apollo Command Module Columbia. When Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, he famously said: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Along with Collins and Aldrin, Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon. President Jimmy Carter presented Armstrong with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, and Armstrong and his former crewmates received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

After he resigned from NASA in 1971, Armstrong taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati until 1979. He served on the Apollo 13 accident investigation and on the Rogers Commission, which investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

There can be no great accomplishment without risk.

--Neil Armstrong

Hey, we missed the whole thing.

--Neil Armstrong

It's different, but it's very pretty out here. I suppose they are going to make a big deal of all this.

--Neil Armstrong

A picture does a great job, but it's not nearly like being there.

--Neil Armstrong

I can honestly say -- and it's a big surprise to me -- that I have never had a dream about being on the moon.

--Neil Armstrong

Now and then I miss the excitement about being in the cockpit of an airplane and doing new things.

--Neil Armstrong

Society's future will depend on a continuous improvement program for the human character. And what will that future bring? I do not know, but it will be exciting.

--Neil Armstrong

I guess because deejaying has become my job, I tend to listen to really horrible stuff on my spare time. If you heard my iPod you'd be like, what the hell?

--Neil Armstrong

Lindsay Lohan isn't a DJ, but because of her celebrity power she can do a gig somewhere, put her name on a flyer, and she'll probably bring in more people and make more money than I ever will.

--Neil Armstrong

Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss shoot for the moon instead.

--Neil Armstrong

I think if there was anything I learned from our skipper was that it's not how you look; it's how you perform.

--Neil Armstrong

This blowing dust became increasingly thicker. It was very much like landing in a fast moving ground fog.

--Neil Armstrong

If that's there, I believe that technology will probably step up to their part of it.

--Neil Armstrong

History will remember the twentieth century for two technological developments: atomic energy and space flight.

--Neil Armstrong

Every flying machine has its own unique characteristics, some good, some not so good. Pilots naturally fly the craft in such a manner as to take advantage of its good characteristics and avoid the areas where it is not so good.

--Neil Armstrong

There are people I'll always love to listen to, and I'm always ending up discovering new songs by them, which is crazy. Like Stevie Wonder.

--Neil Armstrong

When you deejay a party, a good DJ's job is to take care of the crowd. If people want to hear Britney Spears, that's what you're supposed to do.

--Neil Armstrong

It's a strange, eerie sensation to fly a lunar landing trajectory not difficult, but somewhat complex and unforgiving.

--Neil Armstrong

All in all, for someone who was immersed in, fascinated by, and dedicated to flight, I was disappointed by the wrinkle in history that had brought me along one generation late. I had missed all the great times and adventures in flight.

--Neil Armstrong

I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street.

--Neil Armstrong

Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!

--Neil Armstrong

Geologists have a saying -- rocks remember.

--Neil Armstrong

If you don't know who you are, a university is an expensive place to find out.

--Neil Armstrong

Houston, that may have seemed like a very long final phase. The autotargeting was taking us right into a ... crater, with a large number of big boulders and rocks ... and it required ... flying manually over the rock field to find a reasonably good area.

--Neil Armstrong

For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.

--Neil Armstrong

I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

--Neil Armstrong

I was elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised that we were successful.

--Neil Armstrong

Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.

--Neil Armstrong

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

--Neil Armstrong

Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you.

--Neil Armstrong

It's a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it.

--Neil Armstrong

I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth.

--Neil Armstrong

As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.

--Neil Armstrong

We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job, and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected.

--Neil Armstrong

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.

--Neil Armstrong

I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer.

--Neil Armstrong

I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.

--Neil Armstrong

Research is creating new knowledge.

--Neil Armstrong

That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

--Neil Armstrong

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