Timeline Description: Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the moon. He was a brave and bold astronaut. This is a timeline of his life.
|1930||Neil Armstrong is born
Neil was born on August 5, in Ohio.
Neil loved flying things from the time he was young. At sixteen years old he earned his student pilot's license.
|1947||Neil goes to college
Neil Armstrong joined the US Navy, and he attended Purdue on scholarship. He studied aeronautical engineering.
|1949||Neil goes to war
Neil Armstrong was called into action with the Navy to go fight in the Korean War. When that ended, he returned to college.
|1952||Neil Armstrong joins NASA
After returning from the war, Neil began working with the organization that would later be called NASA.
|1956||Neil gets married
Neil married a lady named Janet Shearon in 1956.
|1962||Neil joins the astronaut program
In 1962, Neil moved his family to Texas so he could work with the astronaut program.
|1966||Neil goes to space
Neil and his flight mate, David Scott, were launched into space to dock with the Gemini Agena vehicle. The dock was successful, but the mission had to be cut short.
|1969||The moon mission
Neil Armstrong, along with two other astronauts, landed on the moon. Armstrong drove the Lunar Module.
|1969||Neil is awarded for his efforts
Armstrong and his flight mates received many awards for their moon mission. Awards included the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
|1971||Armstrong leaves NASA
Neil left NASA to become a professor in Ohio, at the University of Cincinnati.
|1986||Neil Armstrong the investigator
Neil helped investigate the failed space mission, the Challenger, in 1986. The Challenger blew up after launch, killing its crew.
|2006||Neil Armstrong on 60 Minutes
Neil liked to have his privacy, and he stayed out of the public eye for years. In 2006 he gave a TV interview on 60 Minutes, and later that year his biography came out.
|2010||Armstrong speaks out
In 2010, President Barack Obama made cuts to the space program. Neil Armstrong publically spoke out against this decision.
|2012||Neil Armstrong dies
Neil died at the age of 82, after complications from heart surgery. His contribution to the space program, and our understanding of outer space, can't be measured. He will always be remembered for his giant step for mankind.