KEY POINTS

  • Neil Armstrong was born in Ohio in 1930 
  • He entered the NASA astronaut program in 1962
  • He died in 2012 following complications resulting from coronary bypass surgery

Aug. 5. marks what would have been astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 90th birthday.

Armstrong was born in Ohio in 1930. He entered the NASA astronaut program in 1962 and became the spacecraft commander for Apollo 11. Armstrong made history in 1969 by becoming the first man to walk on the moon. He died in 2012 following complications resulting from coronary bypass surgery.

Here are some inspirational quotes by Armstrong on his birthday, courtesy Brainy Quotes

  • "In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand."
  • "I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises."
  • "Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you."
  • "We had hundreds of thousands of people all dedicated to doing the perfect job, and I think they did about as well as anyone could ever have expected."
  • "I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.”
  • "Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn't planned by anyone."
  • "I can honestly say - and it's a big surprise to me - that I have never had a dream about being on the moon."
  • "Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10."
  • "I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did."
  • "I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work."

Neil Armstrong Astronaut Neil Armstrong smiles inside the Lunar Module July 20, 1969. Photo: NASA/Newsmakers