Does exploration inspire you? The unknown and the possibilities associated with the unknown inspire many people, often times to the ultimate benefit of the whole human race. Space is another realm that has much to be explored and learned about. Neil Armstrong was a remarkable explorer of this realm.
Neil Armstrong was an explorer, astronaut, military pilot, and educator. Neil Armstrong was born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. In 1947, he began studying aeronautical engineering at Purdue University on a US Navy scholarship. He trained as a pilot for the Navy and left school to serve in the Korean War. In 1952, he left the Navy and returned to college. Later, he joined what became NASA and worked as a test pilot and engineer among other things.
He married in 1956 and had three children, two sons surviving childhood. He and his family later moved to Houston, Texas and Neil joined the astronaut program. He was the command pilot for his first mission on Gemini VIII in 1966. In 1969, he, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin took NASA’s first manned mission to the moon. On July 20, 1969 he took his famous first step on the moon. Upon return to Earth the astronauts received a hero’s welcome. Among honors, Armstrong received the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Armstrong left NASA in 1971 and then joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as a professor of aerospace engineering. He then worked as the Chairman of Technologies for Aviation, Inc. He next served as vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on the space shuttle Challenger accident in 1986.
Neil Armstrong and his first wife divorced in 1994. He did remarry and lived in Indian Hill, Ohio. He died in 2012 from complications following cardiovascular procedures. Today, he is remembered for his tremendous skill and history making exploration. Be inspired! Have a bright day!