10 Interesting Neil Armstrong Facts

Saturday, August 23rd 2014. | People

If you want to know the personal and professional life of the famous astronomy in the world, check Neil Armstrong Facts. Armstrong is always called as the first person who walks on moon. His successful mission on moon made people realized that moon is reachable by human being. Here are facts about Neil Armstrong for you:

Neil Armstrong Facts 1: date of birth

Neil Armstrong was born with full name of Neil Alden Armstrong on 5 August 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He was the son of an auditor, Stephen Armstrong and Viola Engel.

Neil Armstrong Facts 2: marriage and children

His first wife was Janet Shearon. Both married from 1956 till 1994. But the marriage ends up in divorce. His second wife was Carol Held Knight. Both married from 12 June 1994 till his death on 25 August 2012. There are several children that Armstrong has. Those are Mark Stephen, Karen Anne, and Erik Alan.

Neil Armstrong Astronout

Neil Armstrong Astronout

Neil Armstrong Facts 3: a drive license

It is quite amusing to know that Armstrong got his pilot’s license first before he owned a drive license. He was called as an Eagle Scout.

Neil Armstrong Facts 4: education

In 1947 to 1949 and 1952 to 1955, Neil Armstrong attended Purdue University. His study was interrupted because he had duty before the beginning of Korean War. You have to know that he owned a scholarship from the university. After he graduated from Purdue, he got his MA from University of Southern California in 1970. Armstrong also had military service in US navy from 1949 to 1952.

Neil Armstrong Facts

Neil Armstrong Facts

Neil Armstrong Facts 5: a military and civilian pilot

Neil Armstrong is not only a civilian, but also a military pilot. He was able to fly 200 different models of aircrafts. He was good when flying helicopters, gliders, jets, rockets, X-15 rocket planes.

Neil Armstrong Facts 6: medals

When Neil was in the Korean War, he has 78 flying missions. It made him get 3 air medals. He got the position as a combat fighter pilot in the war from 1950 to 1952.


Neil Armstrong Life Span

Neil Armstrong Life Span

Neil Armstrong Facts 7: join the astronaut program

Neil was a part of the NASA astronaut program on 17 September 1962. Actuality he was only a part of the second group. But he was selected as the command pilot for Apollo 11 mission. The crew consisted of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Neil Armstrong Facts 8: the first man on moon

Neil Armstrong is always the first man who walked on moon on 20 July 1969. The Apollo 11 mission was very successful. The eyes of the world were on Neil and his crew. Get facts about Apollo 11 here.

Neil Armstrong on Moon

Neil Armstrong on Moon

Neil Armstrong Facts 9: honor

There are many kinds of honors and medals that Neil received.  He got the presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Space Medal of Honor. On 19 March 1993, his name was inducted at Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Neil Armstrong Facts 10: a professor

Neil became the professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

It was such a big lost to know that Armstrong passed away at the age of 82 because of complication from cardiovascular procedures on 25 August 2012. Do you want to give opinion on facts about Neil Armstrong?

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