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One small step for man…

It would have been easy to get lost in the “hero worship” The entire world knew his name and his accomplishment. It truly was a giant leap for mankind; akin to harvesting the power of fire; something that no other creature that has ever lived on this planet had ever done. It was mankind that put a man on the Moon, but it was Neil Armstrong that will forever be known in human history as the greatest pioneer of our time.

Yet Mr. Armstrong didn’t care for the limelight to be cast on him. Despite his accomplishments, Mr. Armstrong saw himself thus, “I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer”.

Neil Armstrong served his country as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952. In 1955, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as an engineer, test pilot, and astronaut. When NACA became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Armstrong 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. In 1962, Armstrong was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission. Gemini 8 was launched on March 16, 1966, and Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

Neil Armstrong’s most famous contribution was of course, was as commander of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” will forever be a very significant mile-marker in the history of human evolution. We have left our foot print on the Moon, and thus began our journey into an entirely new frontier.

Neil Armstrong lived a full and amazing life. He will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.

 

Video Footage of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and Neil Armstrong’s First Step on the Moon

 

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