Neil Armstrong's Flight To The Moon

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When Neil Armstrong and the rest of the crew of the Eagle landed on the moon, the entire country rejoiced. That day was forever remembered as a part of history. After all, America had beaten Russia in the space race. Their landing on the moon was a very important historical event, but there were many different reactions to it and viewpoints on it.
Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio and was always shy, so he made friends carefully. He first went to see airplanes race at the age of 2, held up by his father, Stephen Armstrong. He was immediately fascinated by them. At the age of 6, he jumped at the chance to ride in an airplane. Together with his father, he boarded the Tin Goose, a small aircraft that could seat about a dozen people. They strapped into flimsy seats and got ready for the ride. Though his father was disturbed by the sensation of being above the ground and the bumpiness and noise of the ride, young Neil Armstrong was enchanted.
Until he was 11 years old, Neil Armstrong worked a number of different jobs in order to pay for 10 cent airplane models and flying magazines. Later, he used this income in order to pay for flying lessons from Aubrey Knudegard. Soon, he could pilot an airplane fairly well, and got his student pilot's license at the age of 16, before he even got his drivers license! Since he could now fly an airplane, he was called to serve in the Vietnam war as an Air Force pilot.
When he returned, he joined NACA, which would later become NASA, and started training for the Apollo moon mission. It took many years of preparation, and then four years of intensive training. He almost died 4 times during this period, but surprisingly he did not even care!(or, he did not want anything, even close calls with death, to disturb his work) This can be seen in this quote- “...yet, although he almost died, Armstrong simply returned to his office to do some paperwork.”- Schorn. Finally, he was ready for the historic trip to the moon.
Neil Armstrong was soon decked out in his 100,000 dollar space suit (Worth 670,000 dollars today). It had 21 layers of protective material and had an outer layer of Beta cloth, a special fabric that would allow room for free movement while maintaining the necessary pressure to sustain life. As his spacecraft touched ground on the moon, he uttered his famous words- “Houston. Eagle Base Here. We have landed.”- Armstrong Cheers erupted across the country when the people heard this statement on the radio. Soon after came his most well known quote while stepping onto the moon - “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The crew of...

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