Happy birthday Neil Armstrong!
Of all 12 astronauts to have stood on the lunar surface during the Apollo era, none are as popular as the first and most famous of moon-walkers, Neil Armstrong. Described by his fellow Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin as the “epitome of a space man”, Armstrong has served both before and after death as a cornerstone of NASA’s ethos-building force, one which has resonated since its inception 58 years ago.
Much like other well-renowned astronauts Jim Lovell, John Glenn, Sunita Williams, and the late Judith Resnik, Neil Armstrong was a native of Ohio. Born in 1930, Armstrong’s interest in aeronautics swelled early on as his early life was marked by experience with naval service, formal studies in aeronautical engineering, and a stint as a test pilot at the NACA’s High Speed Flight station. At the age of 35, Armstrong would suit up as Command Pilot for Gemini 8, and again as back-up Command Pilot on Gemini 11, before being offered the position of Commander of Apollo 11 three years later. In 1969, at the age of 39, Armstrong would make history alongside Buzz Aldrin as the first men to land and walk on the lunar surface, igniting the imaginations of on-lookers through television sets all across the globe. Not only was the Apollo program a mark of the technological sophistication of the period, but more importantly it highlighted the immense concentration of ingenuity and initiative that made stepping foot on another world possible.
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