News sources report that astronaut Neil Armstrong has died at age 82 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a university professor, a naval aviator, and the first man ever to set foot on the moon in July 20th, 1969.
According to his family, Neil Armstrong died of complications from blocked coronary arteries a few weeks after a heart surgery. Armstrong, who lived in suburbs of Cincinnati, had been known to be a very modest and private man. Borne in August 5th 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, he married his Purdue university sweetheart, Janet Elizabeth Shearon in January 28th, 1956. The couple had three kids together: Eric, Mark and Karen. Karen died of pneumonia in 1962 due to deteriorated health resulted from her battles with brain stem cancer.
Neil Armstrong was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1955. In 1970 he then earned his Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. Neil Armstrong was also an accomplished and decorated Naval Aviator who flew 78 combat and reconnaissance missions during the Korean War.
Armstrong’s application arrived at NASA one week past the June 1st 1962 deadline. Thanks to Dick Day, whom he had worked with closely in the past, Dick was able to slip Armstrong’s application through without anyone noticing. Armstrong accepted joining the astronaut program, without any hesitation, in September 1962 when it was offered to him by Deke Slayton.
On July 20th 1969, Neil Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, lifted off onboard Apollo 11 in a 250,000-mile journey towards the moon. The historic trip took about 6 and half hours. Armstrong became the first man ever to set foot on the moon at 10:56pm on that July evening.
Armstrong spent a total of 2 hours and 32 minutes on the surface of the moon, 15 minutes more than Buzz Aldrin. The 2-man team conducted a number of scientific experiments, collected some rock samples, and set up the American flag on the surface of the moon.
Upon setting the first step on the surface of the moon, Armstrong uttered the famous phrase “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Years later, voice recognition software picked up a slightly and more accurate version of Armstrong’s historic phrase. What Armstrong actually said was, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong resigned from NASA in 1971 and began a new carrier as an engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati for nearly a decade.
President Obama in a remembrance speech said; “Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time. When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation. They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable — that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible.”
God speed, Neil.
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