Astronaut Neil Armstrong Pictures Through The Years [PHOTOS]

on August 25 2012 4:01 PM
  • Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, passed away on Saturday. Wikimedia Commons
  • Armstrong during his younger years
    Neil Armstrong during his college/test pilot years. Wiki
  • Neil Armstrong
    Dryden pilot Neil Armstrong is seen here next to the X-15 ship #1 (56-6670) after a research flight. Wikimedia Commons
  • Armstrong Gemini
    Armstrong wearing the Gemini training suit. Wikimedia Commons
  • Apollo 11
    The crew of the Apollo 11 mission. Wiki
  • Armstrong on moon
    Armstrong stepping on to the surface of the Moon in 1969. Wikimedia Commons
  • Apollo 11 and President Bush
    The crew of Apollo 11 and President Bush in 2004. Wiki
  • Armstrong Statue
    Statue of Armstrong outside Purdue University's Hall of Engineering. Wiki
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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, started his career in aeronautics in the Navy and flew jets during the 1950s. During the Korean War, Armstrong's craft was struck by ballistic anti-aircraft artillery, which forced him to perform a daring ejection in friendly territory after a few feet of his plane's wing was destroyed due to an in-air collision.

After flying over 75 missions during the war, Armstrong received the Air Medal for 20 successful combat missions, as well as a Gold Star, among many other commendations. Armstrong, after the war, went to Purdue, and he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

After graduating from college, Armstrong became a test pilot, then a member of the Gemini program, and, according to Nasa.com, he flew many different experimental craft, handling difficult situations well and paving the way for what would become NASA, America's modern space program.

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