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Neil A. Armstrong

Research pilot, astronaut, and first man to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

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Neil A. Armstrong

First man to set foot on the Moon.

Neil A. Armstrong served as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952 before joining the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in 1955. Later that year, he transferred to the NACA’s High-Speed Flight Station in Edwards, California, as an aeronautical research scientist and then as a pilot, a position he held until becoming an astronaut in 1962. He was one of nine NASA astronauts in the second class to be chosen.

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Neil Armstrong stand at a podium while speaking during a Apollo 40th anniversary celebration.
NASA Apollo 11 Mission Commander and first man to set foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong speaks at the Apollo 40th anniversary celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum, Monday, July 20, 2009 in Washington.
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