On August 25 Neil Alden Armstrong, a true hero, an icon of a generation, former NASA astronaut and first person to set foot on the Moon, has passed away. Armstrong had recently turned 82 years old, on August 5. He died due to complications from cardiovascular surgery. Rest in peace, Neil.
Former NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. Image credit: NASA
Neil Armstrong, one of the best test pilot, with the North American X-15 rocket powered airplane after landing on a dry lakebed. Armstrong flew the X-15 seven times reaching a top speed of 3,989 miles per hour. Image credit: NASA
Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He began his NASA career in Ohio.After serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955. His first assignment was with the NACA Lewis Research Center (now NASA Glenn) in Cleveland. Over the next 17 years, he was an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
As a research pilot at NASA’s Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known, 4000-mph X-15. He has flown over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders.