Neil Armstrong: The First Man On The Moon

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The First Man on the Moon “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” (UXL 3), said Neil Armstrong who was the first human to ever set foot on the moon. Armstrong, one of the finest American icons, changed the face of today’s science and technology To fully understand how Neil Armstrong made history, one must examine his early life, the public’s response to him, and the importance and impact he made to the world.
Neil Armstrong’s early life is the most adventurous life a child could have. Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in a farm near Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States and raised by his father, Stephen Armstrong, and his mother, Viola (Engel) Armstrong (UXL 1). His parents were disciplined enough to raise a genius. At the
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Since Armstrong grew up on a small farm, his parents were not wealthy enough which made him apply to the United States Navy and led him to received the scholarship for Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, to study aeronautical engineering (UXL 2). This fact shows that Armstrong is willing to do anything to get a desired education even if that means putting his life at risk in the Navy. Before his junior year, the Navy ordered him to flight school in Pensacola, Florida for the Korean War in 1950 and flew seventy-eight combat missions from the aircraft carrier Essex (UXL 2). As a result of this, Armstrong became even more skillful at flying and was awarded three air medals for flying his severely damaged aircraft back to safety. After the war was over, Armstrong went back to Purdue University and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955 (UXL 2). This shows that despite the harsh conditions of the Korean War Armstrong had to face, he still had a burning desire to finish up college and earn his degree. During his time at college, he also met his first wife, Janet Shearon to whom he married in January 1956. They raised three children - Ricky, Mark, and Karen who died at 3 years old from a brain tumor (UXL 1). Although Armstrong’s daughter, Karen, died, he was strong enough to carry out his dream of becoming an astronaut. In 1962, Armstrong was chosen to join NASA’s second group of astronauts, and was the first civilian NASA astronaut (UXL 2) which shows that not only did he make history, but he made it into NASA’s program. Later on July 16, 1969, Armstrong, who became commander of the Apollo 11 mission, with Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins took a trip to space and landed the Eagle safely on the Moon (UXL 3). From this, Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon and this showed people how incredible of a man he is. His famous words were “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap

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