NASA Honors Life of Neil Armstrong
NASA is live streaming its memorial service for legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong — the first man to walk on the moon.
Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He began his NASA career in Ohio.
According to NASA’s website, after serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955. His first assignment was with the NACA Lewis Research Center (now NASA Glenn) in Cleveland. Over the next 17 years, he was an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
As a research pilot at NASA’s Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known, 4000-mph X-15. He has flown over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders.
Armstrong was decorated by 17 countries. He was the recipient of many special honors. Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25, 2012 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82. August 2012