A Short Biography of Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta Ohio on August 5th of 1930.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical engineering from Purdue University and has also achieved a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.Additionally Neil Armstrong holds honorary doctorates from several other universities.

During the Korean War Neil Armstrong served in seventy eight separate combat missions as a naval pilot. Armstrong joined NASA’s predecessor the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics as a research pilot at Clevland’s Lewis Laboratory and later transferred to Edwards Air Force Base to work with more high speed flight projects.

Neil Armstrong was a true pioneer of high speed flight as he was the test project pilot for many types of air crafts. Armstrong’s experience flying over two hundred different types of air crafts (including gliders, rockets and jets) made him an excellent candidate for NASA.

In fact in 1962 Neil Armstrong was transferred to the status of astronaut. Armstrong became the command pilot for the Gemini 8 shuttle mission in mid march 1966 and was the very first to successfully dock to vehicles in outer space.

In 1969 Neil Armstrong became the commander of the history making Appollo 11 lunar landing mission. This first manned lunar landing mission gained Neil Armstrong the notoriety of being the first individual to land a space craft on the moon and the first to set foot on it’s surface.

Neil Armstrong went on to hold and administrative position with NASA for a time before resigning in 1971. From 1971 through 1979 Neil Armstrong was a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati where he both taught and did research work. In 1986 Neil Armstrong was appointed to become the vice chairman of the presidential committee that performed an investigation after the Challenger explosion occurred.

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