In 1969, Armstrong Walked on the Moon

In the early 1960s, President John F. Kennedy told Americans that it was time to go to the moon. Nine years later, Neil Armstrong was the first human to ever walk on the moon.

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Armstrong joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1962, and was a pilot for his first mission. Later, he was the spacecraft commander on the Apollo 11, a mission that would make history.

Apollo 11 headed for the moon in July of 1969 and made it to the moon. The three astronauts on board were Michiel Collins, Edwin “Buzz” E Aldrin, Jr., and Armstrong himself. The whole world was watching.

Neil Armstrong had more jobs after he walked on the moon. One of these jobs was to investigate an explosion that happened with a spaceship called the Challenger. The Challenger explosion was a mystery to much of the world. The crew was killed because of the rocket explosion, and Armstrong wasn’t able to find the cause.

Sadly, on August 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong had heart complications that caused him to pass away at the age of 82. His family said, “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request… the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give a little wink”.

[Source: NASA,]