“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” That’s how Neil Armstrong described it as he first stepped onto the moon’s surface. It was a sad day on Saturday, as the world received news that US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, died aged 82. To keep the remarkable memories alive, here’s a tribute to the man who took “the giant leap for mankind”.
Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930, Neil Armstrong began his NASA career in Ohio as well. Working his way up, he worked as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He finally transferred to astronaut status in 1962.
Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon on July 20th, 1969 as commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft for the lunar landing mission. His crew included Michael Collins, command module pilot, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.
We can all imagine the honorable awards Neil Armstrong has received. According to NASA’s official website, “Armstrong was decorated by 17 countries. He was the recipient of many special honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the Congressional Gold Medal; the Congressional Space Medal of Honor; the Explorers Club Medal; the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy; the NASA Distinguished Service Medal; the Harmon International Aviation Trophy; the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal; the Federation Aeronautique Internationale’s Gold Space Medal; the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award; the Robert J. Collier Trophy; the AIAA Astronautics Award; the Octave Chanute Award; and the John J. Montgomery Award.”
The first man to step on the moon passed away at the age of 82, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Armstrong is survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and a brother and sister.