Armstrong is one of America’s biggest heroes because he embodied an accomplishment of something tremendous, not just for the country but for humanity. After people looked up for tens and thousands of years, Neil was the first person to make a footprint somewhere rather than earth, and that’s why he will always be remembered. He brought pride to our nation and gave America a greater value when viewed by the world. Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He had developed a fascination with flight at an early age, by the age he was fifteen he had already learned how to fly. He studied aeronautical engineering at Purdue University in 1947. But he couldn't finish his college degree in 1949 when he was called to serve in the Korean War. As a U.S. Navy pilot, Armstrong flew 78 combat missions.He left the service in 1952, and returned to college. After a few years Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He worked in a number of different jobs there. For example serving as a test pilot and an engineer. He married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. Son Eric arrived in 1957, followed daughter Karen in 1959. Unfortunately Karen died of complications related to an inoperable brain tumor in January 1962. In the next year the Armstrongs welcomed their third child, son Mark, and also Armstrong joined the astronaut program. All of them moved to Houston, Texas, and Armstrong served as the command pilot. He and fellow astronaut David Scott were launched into the earth's orbit on March 16, 1966. While in orbit, they were able to briefly dock their space capsule with the Gemini Agena target vehicle. This was the first time two vehicles had successfully docked in space, but because of conflicts arisen they had to cut short the mission and abort it. In 1969, he was part of NASA's first manned mission to the moon. Serving as the...
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