Neil Armstrong – (015)

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

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Neil Alden Armstrong (Wapakoneta, 5 de agosto de 1930 — Cincinnati, 25 de agosto de 2012) foi um astronauta dos Estados Unidos, piloto de testes e aviador naval que escreveu seu nome na história do século XX e da humanidade ao ser o primeiro homem a pisar na Lua, como comandante da missão Apollo 11, em 20 de julho de 1969.

That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.
– Words said when Armstrong first stepped onto the moon (20 July 1969) –

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
– First words from the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle after guiding the craft to a landing on the moon at 4:17pm EDT (20 July 1969). –

The Apollo 11 crew portrait. Left to right are Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin.

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

A participant in the U.S. Air Force’s Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs, Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962. He made his first space flight, as command pilot of Gemini 8, in 1966, becoming NASA’s first civilian astronaut to fly in space. On this mission, he performed the first docking of two spacecraft, with pilot David Scott.[citation needed]

Armstrong’s second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing, in July 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent two and a half hours exploring, while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the Command Module. Along with Collins and Aldrin, Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon; in 1978, President Jimmy Carter presented Armstrong the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978; he and his former crewmates received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the of age 82, on August 25, 2012, of complications from blocked coronary arteries.

[Wikipedia – English]

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Neil Alden Armstrong (Wapakoneta, 5 de agosto de 1930 — Cincinnati, 25 de agosto de 2012) foi um astronauta dos Estados Unidos, piloto de testes e aviador naval que escreveu seu nome na história do século XX e da humanidade ao ser o primeiro homem a pisar na Lua, como comandante da missão Apollo 11, em 20 de julho de 1969.

Antes de se tornar astronauta, Armstrong serviu na Marinha dos Estados Unidos combatendo na Guerra da Coreia como piloto de caça. Após a guerra, ele graduou-se como piloto de testes e serviu na Estação de Voo do Comitê Consultivo Nacional para a Aeronáutica (NACA) de alta velocidade, onde acumulou mais de 900 voos em uma variedade de aeronaves.

Entrou para a NASA em 1962, integrando o segundo grupo de astronautas da agência espacial, indo ao espaço pela primeira vez em 1965, como comandante da missão Gemini VIII, três anos antes do voo que o colocaria na História.

Condecorado com a Medalha Presidencial da Liberdade, a maior condecoração civil do país, e a Medalha de Honra Espacial do Congresso, manteve uma vida discreta e longe dos olhos da opinião pública até sua morte, aos 82 anos. Dele, o presidente dos Estados Unidos Barack Obama disse ser ” um dos maiores heróis americanos, não apenas de sua época, mas de todos os tempos”.

[Wikipedia – Português]

 

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