Wapakoneta August 5, 1930 - Cincinnati August 25, 2012
It 'was an astronaut and American aviator, first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969.
Before becoming an astronaut, Neil was an officer in the United States Navy and participated in the Korean War.
After the war, he obtained a degree from Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, where he carried more than 900 flights.
Man participant programs in space soonest the US Air Force, with which the Americans set out to win the space race against the Soviets, and the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar, for the development of a spaceplane, Armstrong became be part of NASA in 1962.
His first spaceflight was as mission commander of the Gemini 8; one of the first civilians to become an astronaut. During this mission, and the pilot Neil Scott They carried the first docking between two spacecraft in orbit.
His second and final space mission saw him commanded, Apollo 11, who made the first moon landing with men on board the Apollo program. In the mission, along with Aldrin, Neil effected extravehicular activity on the lunar nuns for 2 and a half hours, while the third crew member, Collins was left waiting on the command module in orbit around the Moon. Upon returning to Earth, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon.
He also received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 by Jimmy Carter and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009