Neil Armstrong: The First Man to Walk on the Moon
Neil Armstrong Portrait
Neil Armstrong in Apollo 11
The First Man to Walk on the Moon
© Mahavir Sanglikar
A pictorial tribute to the Neil Armstrong who was the first man to land on the Moon.
This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind -Neil Armstrong after landing on moon. It was the first quote from surface of moon.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was my schooldays hero. I remember that I had pasted many of his photographs in my notebook which were published in newspapers and magazines. As a collector of postal stamps, I always searched stamps portraying this great astronaut, as well as the stamps related to Apollo 11 Mission. I also remember a multicolor wallpaper portraying Neil Armstrong and his colleague Edwin Aldrin setting American flag on the moon. The poster portrayed Lunar Module also, which landed on the moon. This wallpaper was published in India, and was seen in most of the homes, even in the villages in 1970.
Millions of Indians listened a running commentary of moon landing on their radios until dawn. Later, a postal stamp portraying the landing was issued by India Post.
Apollo 11 was the first mission to land man on the moon. 3 astronauts were sent through this spaceship. Neil Armstrong was Commander of Apollo 11, while Edwin Aldrin was the Pilot of the Lunar Module which landed on the moon. Michel Collins was the Pilot of Command Module.
Neil Armstrong was born on 5th August 1930. He was an Officer in US Navy. He retired from Navy in 1960 and joined NASA in 1962. He was command pilot of Gemini 8 Mission in 1966. Because of system failure, the lives of the astronauts in Gemini 8 were threatened and the mission was aborted and the astronauts safely returned to earth.
Later he worked as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Neil Armstrong will be remembered as a great achiever in the history of mankind.
Crew of Apollo 11 Mission
Neil Armstrong on Moon
Greatness of Neil Armstrong
Greatness of Neil Armstrong is that he never allowed himself to become a celebrity. He rarely made public appearances. He avoided cameras. Although he was the first man to walk on the moon, for him it was an achievement of mankind. For him it was just a job given to him by NASA, and he completed it.
The reason for selecting him as first man to walk on moon was that he did not have a large ego.
A surprising thing is that, although he was first to land on moon, most of the photographs in which we see an astronaut on Moon, are of Edwin Aldrin. Neil Armstrong played the role of photographer, Edwin Aldrin posed for him. The famous photograph of the footprint of the first man on the moon is also not of Neil Armstrong, but Edwin Aldrin, which was photographed by Neil Armstrong.
Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India listened the running commentary of moon landing up to 4.30 A.M. Later, when Neil Armstrong visited India, met Indira Gandhi in New Delhi. When he was informed that Indira Gandhi had kept awake till 4.30 A.M., he apologized for the inconvenient time of landing. What a greatness.
He was approached by political groups to join them, but Neil Armstrong declined such offers.
He started to refuse autograph request after 1994, as he found that items signed by him were selling for high amounts, and forged signs were in circulation. He sued Hallmark Cards for using his name and quote without permission. The matter was settled out of court for a big amount of money. Neil Armstrong donated the money to Purdue University where he studied.
Neil Armstrong's Life in Brief
1930, August 5: Born at Wapakoneta, Ohio.
1936, July 20: First Airplane Flight experience, when he and his father took a ride in a Ford Trimotor Plane. Note the date 20th July, on same day he landed on moon in 1961.
1945: Earned his flight certificate. It was before getting his driving license.
1947: Began studying Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University.
1949: Joined US Navy
1951: Served US Navy in Koreas War, flew 78 missions, including 40 combat missions, for which he received 4 medals.
1952: Became Junior Lieutenant.
1955: Awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University
1956, January 28: Married to Janet Elizabeth Shearon.
1957, August 15: First Flight in a Rocket Plane.
1958: Was selected for the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest program.
1960: Resigned from US Navy.
1965: Selected as Command Pilot of Gemini 8 Mission.
1969, 20th July: Landed and walked on the moon.
1970: Awarded Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from University of Southern California.
1971: Retired from NASA.
1971: Joined as Professor of Aerospace Engineering at University of Cincinnati.
1979: Resigned from University of Cincinnati.
2012, August 25: Died at the age of 82.
Edwin Aldrin Photographed by Neil Armstrong
A Portrait if Neil Armstrong
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