Armstrong, Neil (Alden)

born Aug. 5, 1930, Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.

U.S. astronaut.

He became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three Air Medals in the Korean War. In 1955 he became a civilian research pilot for the forerunner of NASA. He joined the space program in 1962 with the second group of astronauts. In 1966, as command pilot of Gemini 8, he and David Scott completed the first manual space docking maneuver, with an unmanned Agena rocket. On July 20, 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, he became the first person to step onto the moon, announcing "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

Neil Armstrong, 1969.

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