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Dies Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon

Dies Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon on July 21, 1969, during the American mission Apollo 11, has died at age 82 from complications following a heart operation carried out three weeks ago .

Family of German origin, was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio (USA). He grew up in various cities in the state of Ohio, which his father Stephen was auditor. His interest in flying came from an early age when he visited the National Air Races Ohio. At six he made his first flight in a Ford Tri-Motor .

With only fifteen years and took flying lessons, in fact I was flying airplanes Armstrong before having your drivers license. He received his flying license in 1947. After finishing his high school received a grant from the U.S. Navy. In 1949 he was as an aviator in the Korean War where he flew 78 combat missions departing from the USS Essex. In 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee (NACA). There he worked for 17 years as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator eventually, both the agency and its successor, the NASA .

His path to becoming an astronaut began in the mid-1950s when he moved to Edwards Flight Center (California) where he focused on becoming a pilot high-speed aircraft. He flew over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. In 1962 he obtained a position as a NASA astronaut (one of nine). From there he began his grueling four-year training for Apollo mission that would take him to the moon.

His first space mission was in 1966 as commander of Gemini VIII with David Scott (who later would fly on missions Apollo 9, and Apollo 15), in which the ship had to conduct a successful docking with the Agena . Yet there were problems, the ships began to turn quickly and after a bypass had to take an emergency water landing in the Pacific Ocean.

In 1969, Armstrong traveled to the moon in the mission Apollo 11 . They left Earth on July 16 and July 21, after the lunar module pilot to the moon’s surface, was honored to become the first man to walk on the Moon.

It is a small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

Armstrong left NASA in 1971, he taught at the University of Cincinnati until 1979. After worked and been on the board of directors of several companies, many of whom have ties to the U.S. government: Marathon Oil, Learjet, Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, Taft Broadcasting, United Airlines, Eaton Corporation, AIL Systems , Thiokol and EDO Corporation, where he worked until 2002 when he retired.

He was also vice president of the Rogers Commission , which investigated the Challenger shuttle accident in 1986