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Facts About Neil Armstrong

  • Neil Armstrong was a humble hero who made “a giant leap for mankind” when he was the first man to step foot on the moon on July 20th, 1969.
  • Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface Sunday, July 20th, 1969 at 4:17:42 PM EST. Six hours and 38 minutes later Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon.
  • Before he was a hero astronaut, he was a “gofer”. Armstrong worked as a “gofer” for pilots at the local airport. One day Armstrong helped a pilot push his sleek Luscombe plane to the gas pumps, cleaned its windows and polished its gleaming surfaces, which earned him a ride and a flying lesson.
  • When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were heading out to explore the Moon they both had to remember not to fully close the door on the Landing Module behind them. The door was closed to prevent heat escaping from the cabin but not completely in case any the cabin  was somehow repressurised, which could make it difficult to get the door open.
  • After graduating from college, he became a test pilot. He could fly over 200 different types of aircraft from the dangerous rocket plane the X-15—which could reach a top speed of 4,000 miles per hour—to gliders, which he called sailplanes.
  • We all know the famous first words of Neil Armstrong as he stepped foot onto the moon, ‘That’s one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.’ However Armstrong’s first step out onto the Moon wasn’t small at all, in fact Armstrong had landed the Lunar Module so gently that the shock absorbers hadn’t compressed. So his first step out onto the Moon was actually close to a four foot jump onto the lunar surface.

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