Neil Armstrong

  • Neil Armstrong in 1969
    Credit: NASA
    Name: Neil Alden Armstrong
  • Born: 5th August 1930
  • Died: 25th August 2012 (aged 82)
  • Nationality: USA
  • Occupation: astronaut, pilot, engineer, professor
  • Time in space: 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds

Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was the commander of Apollo 11, which performed the first manned moon landing in July 1969. Alongside Buzz Aldrin, Neil exited the lunar module and descended to the surface of the Moon. They spent almost three hours outside of the spacecraft.

Neil was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon, and the Congressional Gold Medal, amongst others. Before becoming an astronaut, Neil was an officer in the US Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he graduated from university and became a test pilot, completing over 900 flights. He then joined the astronaut program, and flew as a command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966.