Neil Armstrong

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Neil Alden Armstrong (born August 5, 1930) is an American aviator and a past astronaut; test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, and United States Naval Aviator. He was the first human to set foot on the Moon. His first spaceflight was on board Gemini 8 in 1966, for which he was the command pilot, becoming one of the first U.S. civilians to fly in space and the first civilian in orbit. On this mission, he performed the first man docking of two spacecraft together with pilot David Scott.

Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as mission leader of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar outside and spent 2½ hours exploring while Michael Collins remained in course in the Command Module. Armstrong is a receiver of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Before fetching an astronaut, Armstrong was in the United States Navy and saw action in the Korean War.

After the war, he served as a trial pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he flew over 900 flights in a variety of aircraft. As a investigate pilot, Armstrong serve as scheme pilot on the F-100 Super Sabre A and C aircraft, F-101 Voodoo, and the Lockheed F-104A Star fighter. He also flew the Bell X-1B, Bell X-5, North American X-15, F-105 Thunderchief, F-106 Delta Dart, B-47 Stratojet, KC-135 Stratotanker and Paresev. He is graduated from the Purdue University and the University of Southern California.

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