Neil Alden Armstrong was a United States astronaut who on July 20, 1969 became the first person ever to set foot on the moon. Armstrong and his fellow astronaut Edwin Aldrin Jr. landed their Apollo 11 spaceship on the moon and subsequently explored the moon’s surface. During his first steps on the moon, Armstrong famously declared ‘This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.

In 1966, Armstrong made his first trip to space among the Gemini 8 space ship with fellow astronaut David Scott. While in space on that voyage, the two men successfully completed their mission, but after the mission was complete their space ship began to spin violently. Both Armstrong and Scott responded calmly and as a result were able to land the Gemini 8 space ship safely. Thus they successfully navigated the first United States emergency in space.

Armstrong was born in Ohio in 1930. He was a graduate of Purdue University and served as a Navy pilot during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Throughout the decade of the 1950s and early 1960s he served as a civilian test pilot of rocket propelled airplanes. After his career at NASA came to a close (1970), Armstrong served as a professor of engineering at the University Of Cincinnati. Tulsa Divorce Attorneys