Neil Armstrong Facts for Kids
- Name: Neil Armstrong
- Born: August 5th, 1930
- Died: August 25th, 2012
- Education: Purdue University, University of Southern California
- Space Agency: NASA
- Missions: Gemini 8 and Apollo 11
21 Neil Armstrong Facts for Kids
- Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- Neil Armstrong was 1 of 9 people selected to join NASA in the 1962 NASA Astronaut Group 2.
- Neil Armstrong was born on Tuesday, August 5th, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA.
- Neil Armstrong died of complications from a bypass surgery on August 25th, 2012 at the age of 82 in Ohio.
- Neil Armstrong was the son of Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise.
- Neil Armstrong graduated from Purdue University in 1995 with a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
- Neil Armstrong earned a M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1970 at the University of Southern California.
- Neil Armstrong was married twice, Janet Shearon between 1956 and 1994, and Carol Knight from 1994 up until his death in 2012.
- Neil Armstrong and Janet Shearon had three children together, two sons and one daughter.
- Neil Armstrong is best known for being the first person to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
- One of the most famous quotes in history came from the Apollo 11 mission. When Neil Armstrong reached the moon’s surface, he said “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
- Neil Armstrong was a part of two human spaceflight missions, Gemini 8 and Apollo 11.
- The Gemini 8 mission was the first time two spacecrafts docked in orbit. The mission was aborted due to the first major in-space system failure for the United States that threatened the lives of the crew.
- The Apollo 11 mission is arguably the most famous space mission in history. This mission was the first time that a human set foot on the moon.
- Neil Armstrong spent a total of 8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 30 seconds in Space.
- Neil Armstrong completed 1 (Extravehicular activity) while in space and spent a total of 2 hours and 31 minutes during those EVAs.
- The highest rank achieved in the United States Navy by Neil Armstrong was Lieutenant (junior grade).
- Neil Armstrong taught at the University of Cincinnati in the Aerospace Engineering Department between 1971 and 1979.
- Neil Armstrong assisted the Rogers Commission, which was used to investigate the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
- In 1985, Neil Armstrong visited the North Pole during an expedition lead by Mike Dunn.
- Asteroid 1983 was renamed 6469 Armstrong on the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
Neil Armstrong Pictures
A photo of Neil Armstrong in the offical crew photo for Apollo 11 (far left).
A photo of Neil Armstrong in the spacecraft used during the Gemini 8 mission.
A photo of Neil Armstrong by the American Flag on the surface of the moon.
Additional Resources to Research Neil Armstrong
- Biography of Neil Armstrong – A wonderful biography of Neil Armstrong and his life.
- Who was Neil Armstrong? – Discover who Neil Armstrong was and what he did in space on the NASA website.
- Neil Armstrong – Britannica – Learn more about Neil Armstrong and his achievements on the Britannica website.