Neil Armstrong

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Jordan Gill
English II
Mrs. Ray
29 April 2013
Neil Armstrong
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Neil Armstrong announced to the world in 1969. With his leadership and risk-taking he positively changed the future. Neil Armstrong demonstrated courage, determination and perseverance as he accomplished the intense goals throughout his life. Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, near Wapakoneta, Ohio. Eldest of three children, his parents Stephen and Viola Engel Armstrong, Always encouraged him to shoot for the moon and achieve the unachievable, and he did exactly that (Neil Alden Armstrong). He took his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-Motor when he was only six. Received his pilot’s license on his 16th birthday, before he even got his driver’s license (Man on the Moon). He received a Bachelor of Science Degree Aeronautical from Purdue University and a Master of Science in aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. He began his career in Navy aircraft (Mersky). Armstrong was selected as an astronaut in 1962 by NASA (“astronaut Armstrong dies: moon walk was a media rocket). He married Janet Shearon in 1956, they got divorced in 1994. Neil next married Carol Held Knight in 1994, they stayed together until death (2012) (Man on the Moon). The outcomes of him pushing himself so hard in his early life, lead him to success. Armstrong had courage for everything he did in his life, he always reached for the stars and didn’t back down. He hoped his whole life that one day he could fly into space, and he did it. When Armstrong stepped foot on the moon it impacted the future in many ways. So many people look up to him because of everything he’s done and how strong he had to be to do it all, “When Neil Armstrong took his small step, Americans knew we could overcome any obstacle and prevail over any challenge” (Nancy Pelosi). He didn’t think he was extraordinary, he just thought he was accomplishing what he wanted to do...
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