Astronaut NEAL ARMSTRONG in a space suit during training for the NASA Apollo 11 mission.

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Astronaut NEAL ARMSTRONG in a space suit during training for the NASA Apollo 11 mission.
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Neil Alden Armstrong (Aug. 5, 1930 - Aug. 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he served as a test pilot at the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. A participant in the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs, 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. 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.