RIP Neil Armstrong, First Man On The Moon

Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to ever set foot on the moon, died to yesterday at age 82 due to complications from his heart surgery three weeks prior.

From NASA:

Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He began his NASA career in Ohio.

After serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955. His first assignment was with the NACA Lewis Research centre (now NASA Glenn) in Cleveland. Over the next 17 years, he was an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

As a research pilot at NASA's Flight Research centre, Edwards, California, he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known, 4000-mph X-15. He has flown over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders.

Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962. He was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission. Gemini 8 was launched on March 16, 1966, and Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.

Armstrong subsequently held the position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. In this position, he was responsible for the coordination and management of overall NASA research and technology work related to aeronautics.

[NBCNews]


Comments

    Would really like to know why he was seldom heard of since the Moon landing?
    I suspect the US Govt were reluctant to put their national hero in danger, which sucks for the man.
    Someone should make a movie about his life focusing on the Moon landing. I'm surprised no one has done so already.

      He gave a good interview with the CPA earlier this year.

        Here is the link to the last full-length interview he did with CPA Australia and evoTV, released earlier this year: http://thebottomline.cpaaustralia.com.au/

    Oh man ....A lasting memory, one of my best in 70 years on earth of a man who walked on another world. It was thrilling to watch. RIP to a quiet icon.

    Well that just sucks. I really would have liked the opportunity to shake his hand someday.

    Oh, man. That's too bad. A true hero. It's too bad he didn't talk much about his experiences either.

    RIP Neil.

    May you, and your contributions be remembered by our species forever.

    Oh what, that sux. He'll be remembered for a long, long time.

    definitely a sad moment, but he will be remember for one of man's greatest accomplishments to date =]

    RIP Neil, you are an inspiration,..

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      That's pretty bad form Harrison. If ever there was a comment that should be removed.. .....

    RIP Neil. May your soul be free to soar among the stars.

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