It was not until he was selected in the Man in Space Soonest Program in 1958 that Neil Armstrong knew he was going to be one of the most historic people in the world. He was originally selected as part of a consultant group for the Dyna-Soar, but he set his eyes on his future prospects: The Apollo Program and the investigation of a new aeronautical environment. In 1962, Neil was called upon by Chief Donald Deke Slayton the NASA Astronaut Corps., to which he was dubbed the civilian astronaut. His space adventure started in the Gemini Program as a Command Pilot for the Gemini 8, where they intended to rendezvous and dock with the unmanned Agena target vehicle. Neil was then assigned as a Backup Pilot along with William Anders, Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon on the Gemini.
After serving as Backup Commander for quite some time, Chief Slayton once again approached Neil in 1968 and offered him a new post, this time as the Commander of the Apollo 11. His crew was going to be Lunar Module Pilot Edward Buzz Aldrin and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and the objective was to land on the Moon safely rather than touch down with precision on a particular spot. On July 16 was successfully launched into the lunar orbit. 4 days later, the crew landed their spacecraft on the Moon.
Thats one small step for man, but one giant leap for mankind, he said as he opened the hatch and descended onto the lunar surface. It marked the first time humans stood physically on a celestial object other than Earth, and for most, this moment continues to be a hallmark mission for the future of space travel. From being a young Ohio native passionate about flying to a successful astronaut, Commander Neil Armstrong changed the course of history forever.
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