Life of Neil Armstrong

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Life of the legendary Neil Armstrong
What was your childhood dream? Did you wish to be a princess or prince? Or did you dream of becoming a big time rock star? At one point in a person's life, they dream of the inevitable. Finding out that they are incapable of reaching those dreams, they then face reality and continue on to do something that they love. Although several people go through this stage and grow out of it within time, one man's childhood dream stuck with him, and by doing so, he made an ample contribution to the world. Neil Armstrong was soon to make his mark in the history books.                         Armstrong was born on August 30, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Stephen and Viola Louise (Contemporary Authors Online). At the early age of sixteen he received his pilot's license and went on to become a student pilot. Later, at the age of seventeen, he became a naval cadet, which later on in the year earned him a navy scholarship. He attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, India (Neil Armstrong: Learning to Fly). Afterwards, beginning at the age of twenty, he fought in the Korean War (                         Armstrong flew fighter planes for the navy, and then returned to Purdue. There, he received his B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955 at the age of twenty-five. Right out of college, he joined the Cleveland National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which he later in the year, transferred to the NACA base in California. There, he became the first civilian to enter the astronaut training program. During his training at the NACA, he tested over 200 different types of aircrafts including helicopters, jets, and rockets ( Neil flew more than 1,100 hours within his time spent at the NACA ("Neil Armstrong: Learning to Fly). While he was attending college at Purdue, Neil met his first wife, Janet Sheardon. Neil married Janet Sheardon on January of the year 1965. A year after their wedding the couple...
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