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FC: Neil Armstrong | By: Maddie Stann

1: Neil Armstrong | First person to set foot on the Moon and land the first spacecraft on the Moon. | "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

2: Neil Armstrong was born August 5, 1930 on a farm in Wapakoneta, Ohio. But proceeded to move around the state for most of his young life, before his family finally settled back in Wapakoneta in 1944. There Neil held many jobs around town, especially at the local airport as he was always fascinated with aviation. After starting flying lessons at the age of 15, he was awarded a pilots license on his 16th birthday, before he had earned a driver's license.

3: He was the eldest of three children of Stephen and Viola Engel Armstrong. Airplanes drew his interest from the age of six, when he took his first airplane ride. He began taking flying lessons at age fourteen, and on his sixteenth birthday he was issued a pilot's license. A serious pilot even at that age, Armstrong built a small wind tunnel in the basement of his home. He also performed experiments using the model planes he had made. Through such activities he was preparing for what would be a distinguished career in aeronautics, or the design, construction, and navigation of aircrafts. Armstrong was also interested in outer space at a young age. His fascination was fueled by a neighbor who owned a powerful telescope. Armstrong was thrilled with the views of the stars, the Moon, and the planets he saw through this device.

4: In 1962 Armstrong decided to become an astronaut and applied for NASA selection and training. In September 1962 he became America's first nonmilitary astronaut. His first flight assignment as an astronaut was as a backup, or alternate, pilot for Gordon Cooper of the Gemini 5 mission.

5: Neil Armstrong had a great education. Purdue University granted Neil Armstrong a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, and the University of Southern California granted him a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering. A number of institutions have granted him an honorary doctorate.

6: Neil Armstrong contributed to science by collecting samples of the moon, leaving his first foot print and having the guts to go to space and being the first astronaut to step foot on the moon.

7: At the bottom of the ladder, Armstrong said "I'm going to step off the LEM now" He then turned and set his left boot on the surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." About 20 minutes after the first step, Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface and became the second human to set foot on the Moon, and the duo began their tasks of investigating how easily a person could operate on the lunar surface.

8: Early on they also unveiled a plaque commemorating their flight, and also planted the flag of the United States. The flag used on this mission had a metal rod to hold it horizontal from its pole. Since the rod did not fully extend, and the flag was tightly folded and packed during the journey, the flag ended up with a slightly wavy appearance, as if there were a breeze. Shortly after the flag planting, President Richard Nixon spoke to them by a telephone call from his office. The President spoke for about a minute, after which Armstrong responded for about thirty seconds.

9: Neil Armstrong is famous for being the first person to set foot on the Moon and land the first spacecraft on the Moon. He was a college professor at University of Cincinnati in 197. Neil Armstrong served in the Korean War as a pilot. He flew more than 200 types of aircraft.

10: Neil Armstrong is considered a "Giant" because he made America feel like we can do anything and that Americans have the opportunity to achieve anything.

11: Work Cited "Neil Armstrong." 301 Moved Permanently. Web. 02 May 2012. .Work Cited "NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration." NASA. Web. 02 May 2012. . "Astronaut Bio: Neil Armstrong (12/1993)." Web. 02 May 2012. . "Neil Armstrong Biography." A&E Networks Television. Web. 02 May 2012. .

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