On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Before his momentous first steps, Armstrong served as a naval aviator in the Korean War and flew in the Gemini 8 mission. After he took that “one small step,” Armstrong continued to work at NASA, taught as a professor at the University of Cincinnati, and was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He continues to live a private life and avoids media attention. Armstrong remains one of the most famous astronauts in world history, but he does not wish to capitalize on his fame, and instead lets the legacy of the moon landing speak for itself.
- Astronaut 2
- Employer: NASA 2
- Position: Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics 2
- Start Date: 1970 2
- End Date: 1971 2
- Employer: University of Cincinnati 2
- Position: Professor of Aerospace Engineering 2
- Start Date: 1971 2
- End Date: 1979 2
- Institution: University of Southern California, Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering 2
- To: 1962 2
- Institution: Purdue University, Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering 2
- To: 1955 2
- Becomes the first man to walk on the moon: 20 Jul 1969 2
- Congressional Space Medal of Honor: 1978 2
- First flight in a rocket plane: 15 Aug 1957 2
- Promoted to astronaut status: 1962 2
- Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom: 1969 2
- Serves as command pilot for Apollo 11 mission: 16 Jul 1969 2
- Serves as command pilot for Gemini 8 mission: 16 Mar 1966 2
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