Extreme Humans

Neil Armstrong – First Person to Walk on Moon

Last Updated on June 17, 2020 by Darshan Modi

People had different perception about what would be in the moon actually until Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and showed the world what really is in the moon. Even today when you look at the moon, each of you will see different illusion in its appearance but Neil Armstrong’s journey makes you clear about the real atmosphere in the moon. When you hear the name Neil Armstrong, you will always remember his travel to moon but all of you would not know about his life history. Want to know his biography? Then scroll down.

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Superhuman Superpower

Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon for more than two hours and he was spacecraft commander for the first manned lunar mission Apollo 11. He earned his student pilot’s license when he was just 16 years old with the captivation he had towards flight. He was America’s first non-military astronaut.


Neil Alden Armstrong was born on 5th August, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel.

Early Life of Neil Armstrong

At the age of 6 when Neil Armstrong took his first airplane ride, his desire for aviation and flight was ignited in his mind. He earned the highest rank Eagle Scout by being active in the Boy Scouts of America. He did his schooling in Blume High School. On his 16th birthday, he became a licensed pilot, a naval air cadet and he entered Purdue University for his studies in 1947.

From 1949 to 1952 during training, Armstrong worked as a naval aviator and served in the Korean War. In 1950, his studies were interrupted as he was shot down once while serving in the Korean War for which he was awarded three Air Medals. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1955 where he studied on a U.S. Navy scholarship.

ALSO READ ABOUT:   Joey Chestnut - American Competitive Eater

Armstrong became a civilian research pilot in the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in Cleveland, Ohio, which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He worked in a number of different capacities over there and he had tested many high-speed aircraft. He flew more than 200 different aircraft, from jets to gliders and even helicopters.

About Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong was an Astronaut, test pilot, military pilot, educator, engineer, naval aviator, aerospace engineer and university professor. He is the first man ever to walk on the surface of the Moon. He married Janet Shearon on January 28, 1956. They were blessed with son Eric in 1957, daughter Karen in 1959 (who died due to an inoperable brain tumor in January 1962) and then they were blessed with son Mark in the following year.

In the year 1962, Armstrong joined the astronaut program and he became the command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII, in 1966.

In 1970, Neil Armstrong attained a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. He served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics in NASA until 1971. He was the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Peace Corps (1971-1973) and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (1971-1979).

He died at the age of 82 on Aug. 25, 2012 due to complications that resulted from cardiovascular procedures.

Genetic or Learned

The desire towards aviation and flight at early age enabled Armstrong to learn a lot and to become an astronaut.

ALSO READ ABOUT:   James Harrison - Man With The Golden Arm

Guinness World Records

  • First man on the moon

Official Website

Neil Armstrong Youtube Videos

Featured In

  • National Geographic Article in 1969
  • The New York Times newspaper in 1969
  • NASA live broadcast of Apollo 11, the first moon walk
  • Sky at Night: BBC interview in 1970
  • Interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program in 2005
  • First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen – Official biography in 2005

Books Published by Neil Armstrong

  • First on the Moon: A Voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.
  • The First Lunar Landing: As Told by the Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins in a Post-Flight Press Conference
  • First on the Moon: The Astronauts’ Own Story
  • Young People and Physical Activity
  • America in Space: Nasa’s First Fifty Years
  • Apollo Expeditions to the Moon: An Official NASA History of the Moon Landings
  • Apollo – America’s Moon Landing Program: Apollo 11 Technical Crew Debriefing with Unique Observations about the First Lunar Landing – Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins
  • Apollo and America’s Moon Landing Program – Managers Explain What Made Apollo a Success, the First Lunar Landing As Told by the Astronauts, Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) Historical Perspective
  • Life in flight
  • Christmas in Nineteenth-Century England
  • The Christmas Season and the Protestant Churches in England, c 1870-1914’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 62.4 (2011)
  • NASA’s Apollo 11 – Preliminary Science Report
  • New Directions in Physical Education: Change and Innovation
  • Gardening on the Edge: Drawing on the Cornwall Experience. Peter Clough
  • Who’s That with Charlie?: Lessons Learned and Friends I’ve Made Along the Way
  • J’ai Marché Sur La Lune
  • Issues in Physical Education
  • Dictionary of Dictionaries and Eminent Encyclopedias: Comprising Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Selected Works in English