According to DC Space News Examiner, Keith Stein, former NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, 82, has died. Armstrong was the first person to set foot upon the Moon.
Twenty days after his 82nd birthday, states Wikipedia, Neil Armstrong died. He was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator and author.
Pre-astronaut days found Armstrong graduating from Purdue University and the University of Southern California. He also served in the Navy in the Korean War.
After the war, Armstrong served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station. There, he flew over 900 flights in a variety of aircraft.
In addition, Armstrong was a research pilot. He, too, was one of eight elite pilots involved in the paraglider research vehicle program (Paresev).
Armstrong was a participant in the U.S. Air Force’s Man In Space Soonest, X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs and more.
This astronaut joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962, and his first spaceflight was the NASA Gemini 8 mission in 1966, for which he was the command pilot, becoming one of the first U.S. civilians to fly in space.
- the first manned docking of two spacecraft with pilot David Scott.
- as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969, of which he was the first man to step on the Moon.
On the latter mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent 2½ hours exploring. Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module.
Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon along with Collins and Aldrin, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.
Armstrong announced shortly after the Apollo 11 flight that he did not plan to fly in space again. He accepted a teaching position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
The official job title Armstrong received at Cincinnati was University Professor of Aerospace Engineering. After teaching for eight years, he resigned in 1979.
There are books, too numerous to mention here, that Armstrong is in or has been a part of as author or co-author. One of them is Journey to the Moon: The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11. To see more written on or by Armstrong, go to Armstrong at Amazon.
Two days after Neil Armstrong’s August 5th birthday, he underwent a heart procedure. It was surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries. Armstrong died on August 25th, at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, from complications following that surgery.
Hours later, President Obama released a statement on Armstrong’s death describing him as,
“…among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time.”
Armstrong was survived by his wife, Carol and two sons, stepson, stepdaughter, and ten grandchildren. Condolences go out to his family, friends, America and the world!