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Quotes by Neil Armstrong

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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.

Quote: Research is creating new knowledge. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

Research is creating new knowledge.


Quote: There can be no great accomplishment without risk. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

There can be no great accomplishment without risk.


Quote: Hey, we missed the whole thing. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

Hey, we missed the whole thing.


Quote: It's different, but it's very pretty out here. I suppose they are going to make a big deal of all this. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: A picture does a great job, but it's not nearly like being there. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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




Quote: I can honestly say -- and it's a big surprise to me -- that I have never had a dream about being on the moon. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: Now and then I miss the excitement about being in the cockpit of an airplane and doing new things. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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?


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss shoot for the moon instead. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: I think if there was anything I learned from our skipper was that it's not how you look; it's how you perform. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: This blowing dust became increasingly thicker. It was very much like landing in a fast moving ground fog. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: If that's there, I believe that technology will probably step up to their part of it. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: History will remember the twentieth century for two technological developments: atomic energy and space flight. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.




Quote: It's a strange, eerie sensation to fly a lunar landing trajectory not difficult, but somewhat complex and unforgiving. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: Good luck, Mr. Gorsky! by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!


Quote: Geologists have a saying -- rocks remember. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

Geologists have a saying -- rocks remember.


Quote: If you don't know who you are, a university is an expensive place to find out. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of Neil Armstrong quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: I was elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised that we were successful. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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.


Quote: I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


Quote: That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. by author Neil Armstrong overlaid on photo of photo of author Neil Armstrong with quote

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


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