Interesting Facts About Mr. Cool Of NASA, Neil Armstrong On His Birth Anniversary

Neil Alden Armstrong, born on August 5, 1930, was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer. He was the first person to walk on the moon on July 20th, 1969. Armstrong was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. As on today, astronaut's 84th birthday, we bring you some fascinating facts about NASA’s modest 'Mr. Cool' from his biography "Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight," written by his friend Jay Barbree.

  1. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the small town and in the same place, he started working on the payment of $1. He started working only at the age of 10-years. In his early age, he had done many odd jobs which involves a walk among the dead. Eventually, he gathered money which was enough to pay for $9-per-hour flying lessons.

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  1. Unlike others of his age, Armstrong chose not to play with the wheel, instead, getting into a cockpit. He got a pilot’s license on his 16th birthday even before he got his driving license.

  1. He even worked as a gofer for other pilots at the local airport. Armstrong worked for a pilot to push his sleek, Luscombe plane to the gas pumps. He also cleaned its windows and polished its gleaming surfaces. In return for the work, he earned a ride and a flying lesson from him.

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  1. Armstrong then went for higher study and after graduating from college Purdue University, he became a test pilot. Armstrong studied aeronautical engineering with his college tuition paid for by the U.S. Navy under the Holloway Plan. He became master in flying over 200 different types of aircraft which involves rocket plane the X-15—which could reach a top speed of 4,000 miles per hour and gliders.

  1. He was the man of multifaceted talent. So, he was the well-deserving man to be chosen to first step onto the other surface other than Earth i.e., Moon. Armstrong along with Buzz Aldrin landed on Moon on Sunday, July 20th, 1969 at 4:17:42 PM EST. After 6 hours and 38 minutes, he became the first human to set foot on the moon.

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In 1971, he resigned from NASA and taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati until 1979. He also served on the Apollo 13 accident investigation. Not only that, he also acted as a spokesman for several businesses. He was supremely talented man who created a page of history on his name.

by Vijay Singh | Sat, Aug 04 - 01:28 PM

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