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Neil Alden Armstrong

Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio, United States
Death: August 25, 2012 (82)
Columbus, Ohio, United States (blocked coronary artery)
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Son of Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Armstrong
Husband of Private and Private
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Private; Karen Anne Armstrong and Private
Brother of Private and Private

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About Neil Armstrong

Neil Alden Armstrong is an American former astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator, and the first person to set foot upon the Moon.

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, to Viola Louise Engel and Stephen Koenig Armstrong, an auditor for the Ohio state government. The family moved around the state repeatedly in the 15 years following Armstrong's birth, living in 20 different towns. He had two younger siblings, June and Dean and was of Scots-Irish and German descent.

Armstrong's first wife, Janet, divorced him in 1994, after 38 years of marriage. He had met his second wife, Carol Held Knight, in 1992 at a golf tournament. They were married on June 12, 1994, in Ohio, and then had a second ceremony, at San Ysidro Ranch, in California.

Armstrong, who had just turned 82, underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries. He died on August 25, 2012, at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, from complications following that surgery.

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American Astronaut. He was the mission commander of the Apollo 11 manned space flight to the Moon. On July 20, 1969, he became the first person in recorded human history to walk on the moon, before being joined on the lunar surface by fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Viewed by a global audience of over 600 million people, he stepped foot on the lunar surface at 10:56 pm EST, saying "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Trained as an aerospace engineer at Purdue University and the University of Southern California, he served as a United States Naval Aviator during the Korean War, completing 78 combat missions. Following the war he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics as a test pilot, at the high speed flight station at Edwards Air Force Base in California. As a test pilot, he flew America's most advanced military aircraft including the F-100 Super Sabre, the F-101 Voodoo, the Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, the B-47 Stratojet and the North American X-15. In 1957 he was recruited into the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Program, and in 1962 he was selected as part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) second group of astronaut trainees. He flew his first space mission in March 1966 as commander of Gemini 8, successfully rendezvousing and docking with an unmanned orbital spacecraft. In December 1968 he was selected as the commander of the Apollo 11 moon mission, and was teamed shortly thereafter with Michael Collins and Edwin Aldren as part of the official flight crew. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 began its four day, 250,000 mile journey to the moon, culminating in Armstrong's and Aldren's lunar landing, and historic moon walk. Following the Apollo 11 moon mission, he served briefly as the Deputy Associate Administrator for aeronautics for the Office of Advanced Research and Technology. He resigned from NASA in August 1971, to accept a teaching position as a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati where he remained until 1979. He was appointed to the Rogers Commission by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, following the Challenger space shuttle disaster, serving as vice-chairman. Returning to civilian life following his retirement from NASA, he served as a commercial spokesman for the Chrysler Corporation, and also served on several boards including Learjet, United Airlines, Marathon Oil, the Eaton Corporation and Taft Broadcasting. He was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969), the United States Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award (1971), the Congressional Space Medal of Honor (1978), the Congressional Gold Medal (2009) the Korean Service Medal and Air Medal. He was an inductee into the Aerospace Walk of Honor in 1991 and the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1993. The Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering on the campus of Purdue University, the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the lunar crater Armstrong and asteroid 6469 Armstrong are all named in his honor. In 2005 his authorized biography "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" was published and released to the general public.

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Neil Armstrong's Timeline

August 5, 1930
Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio, United States
April 13, 1959
Los Angeles County, CA, United States
August 25, 2012
Age 82
Columbus, Ohio, United States