Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

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  • Neil Armstrong was born August 8/5/1930. He was from Ohio, but his father was an Ohio state government officer, so he had to move a lot. He moved about sixteen times throughout his childhood. He was the oldest child of three siblings. He had a younger sister and a younger brother. His family always says that he has always been fascinated with planes. 
  • Neil worked very hard to achieve what he wanted. He worked many jobs in high school to have money to pay for his pilot classes. He didn't have to best grades, so he joined the Navy and received a scholarship to attend Purdue University in Indiana. After two years in college, he knew how to fly small fighter planes. However, after two years he was recruited to the Navy. 
  • After the war, Neil Armstrong went back to school, where he met his wife, Janet Shearon. They had three kids, but sadly his middle child daughter died at the age of two. They moved to California, which meant Janet never got to finish college. However, Neil got to learn to fly rocket-propelled planes. In 1962, Neil, at the age of 35, was recruited into the space program because he was a pilot and an engineer.
  • In 1969, Neil, as the commander of the Apollo 11, flew in the Saturn V rocket and Columbia capsule. He and Buzz Aldrin got in the Eagle landing capsule and arrived on the moon. He could only walk on the moon for two hours, but he got the chance to collect rocks, take photos, and plant the American flag. After he retired, he became a professor in Ohio and remarried Carol Knight.
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