It can take great courage to go somewhere you’ve never been before. To go off the beaten track and explore without knowing what dangers lay ahead.
So imagine how much courage it must have taken to be the first person to ever leave Earth and go where no man has ever gone before.
Neil Armstrong had that courage and he will forever be known as the first man to ever walk on the moon.
Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on the 5th of August 1930. He was the eldest of 3 children.
Even at an early age Neil had a fascination with airplanes and flight when at the age of 6 he took his first ever airplane ride.
In 1946 by the time he was 16 he had earned his students pilot license.
A year later in 1947 Neil joined the US Navy and got a scholarship at Purdue where he studied aeronautical engineering.
2 years later Neil was called up to go to fight in the Korean war which he safely returned from and went back to college.
In 1952 Neil Armstrong joins a new organization that will later be known as NASA.
In 1956 Neil marries Janet Shearon.
6 years later in 1962 Neil moved his family to Texas where he joins the astronaut program.
Just 4 years after joining the space program Neil actually went into space to dock with the Gemini Agena vehicle.
Then on the 20th of July 1969 just 3 years after he first went into space Neil Armstrong made history when he became the first man to walk on the moon along with 2 other astronauts, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.
Neil was the mission commander and on this fateful day the words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” became famous.
Neil received the medal of freedom and the congressional space medal of honour for his work.
2 years later in 1971 Neil leaves NASA at the age of 41 to become a professor at the university of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Neil Armstrong was a private man and little was heard from him all the way up until 2006 when he released his autobiography and appeared on 60 minutes.
In 2012 Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82.
Until the dawn of time that human beings exist Neil Armstrong will forever be remembered as the first man to walk on the moon and the man that took the first leap for mankind.