We carried the news of the burial at sea of the cremated remains of Neil Armstrong in these pages but those short articles could never do justice to his life story. We were recently cleaning up some sections in our NEWS SERVICE Retained Headlines Section when we once again stumbled across our retained headlines related to his burial at sea. Now, while we're thinking about it might be a good time to remember his life.
The Late Neil Armstrong, First Man to Walk on the Moon, Navy Veteran Right , Public Memorial Service in the National Catherdal in Washington DC. Bottom, Armstrong on the surface of the Moon.
Certainly this was a human life that deserves a book length biography. We aren't biographers and this type of publication with its space limitations isn't the place for that. But in keeping with our stated mission we can link you to short and long biographies and we are way past time for doing so:
For the short Version:
"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 theDryden 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 spaceflightprograms, 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.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. read more at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstrong