Who Is Neil Armstrong?

Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut and was the first man to walk on the moon. He was the commander of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, the first successful manned moon landing.

Neil Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Waupakoneta, Ohio. After serving as a naval aviator, he became a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, where he logged over 900 flights. In 1962, he joined the NASA Astronaut Corps. His first space flight was as the command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and crew-mate Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed the Apollo 11 Lunar Module and, on July 21, became the first men to set foot on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong died in 2012 at the age of 82, after complications from coronary bypass surgery.