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Neil Armstrong

Armstrong in July 1969
USAF / NASA astronaut
Born Neil Alden Armstrong
(1930-08-05)August 5, 1930
Near Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.
Died August 25, 2012(2012-08-25) (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Previous occupation
Naval aviator, test pilot
Alma mater
Purdue University, B.S. 1955
University of Southern California, M.S. 1970
Rank Lieutenant (junior grade), United States Navy
Time in space
8 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds
Selection 1958 USAF Man In Space Soonest
1960 USAF Dyna-Soar
1962 NASA Group 2
Total EVAs
1
Total EVA time
2 hours 31 minutes
Missions Gemini 8, Apollo 11
Mission insignia
Awards

All in all, for someone who was immersed in, fascinated by, and dedicated to flight, I was disappointed by the wrinkle in history that had brought me along one generation late. I had missed all the great times and adventures in flight.
Neil Armstrong
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
Neil Armstrong
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.
Neil Armstrong
Gliders, sail planes, they're wonderful flying machines. It's the closest you can come to being a bird.
Neil Armstrong
I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer.
As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.
Neil Armstrong
People love conspiracy theories.
The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.
Neil Armstrong
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.
Neil Armstrong
I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth.
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.
Neil Armstrong
Geologists have a saying - rocks remember.
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
Neil Armstrong
The Eagle has landed.
I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.
Neil Armstrong
If that's there, I believe that technology will probably step up to their part of it.
Neil Armstrong
I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.
Neil Armstrong
I'm substantially concerned about the policy directions of the space agency. We have a situation in the U.S. where the White House and Congress are at odds over what the future direction should be. They're sort of playing a game and NASA is the shuttlecock that they're hitting back and forth.
Neil Armstrong
It's a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it.
Neil Armstrong
I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul… we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
Neil Armstrong
I can honestly say – and it's a big surprise to me – that I have never had a dream about being on the moon.
Neil Armstrong
In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
Neil Armstrong
NASA has been one of the most successful public investments in motivating students to do well and achieve all they can achieve. It's sad that we are turning the programme in a direction where it will reduce the amount of motivation and stimulation it provides to young people.
Neil Armstrong
The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel.
Neil Armstrong
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.
Neil Armstrong
Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.
I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.
Neil Armstrong
Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.
Neil Armstrong
In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
Neil Armstrong
I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did.
Neil Armstrong
Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.
I was elated, ecstatic and extremely surprised that we were successful.
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
Neil Armstrong
Research is creating new knowledge.