On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts were assigned a mission to go to the moon and the rest is history. One of them Neil Armstrong went on to become the First Man to land on the moon. 5th august is celebrated as his birth anniversary. So, to honor his legacy we have gathered that many of us might not know about him. Besides being the first astronaut to land on the moon he was quite an achiever before he made history.
In 1971, Neil Armstrong retired from NASA but was active in the aerospace community. After getting so much press attention with the moon landing he chose to keep himself out of the spotlight. Armstrong took his last breath on August 25, 2012, at age 82.
Armstrong famously credited his entire team for the all thing he has achieved in his lifetime including the moon landing. “I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work,” Armstrong stated in an interview with CBS in 2005.
To pay homage for his contribution in the space world we have gathered some famous Neil Armstrong quotes.
Neil Armstrong Birth Anniversary: Top 10 Inspiring Quotes from the ‘First Man on Moon
“One truth I have discovered for sure: When you believe that all things are possible and you are willing to work hard to accomplish your goals, you can achieve the next ‘impossible’ dream. No dream is too high!”
“Your mind is like a parachute: If it isn’t open, it doesn’t work.”
“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul … we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”
“We are off! And do we know it, not just because the world is yelling ‘Liftoff’ in our ears, but because the seats of our pants tell us so! Trust your instruments, not your body, the modern pilot is always told, but this beast is best felt. Shake, rattle and roll!”
“There’s tremendously satisfying freedom associated with weightlessness. It’s challenging in the absence of traction or leverage, and it requires thoughtful readjustment. I found the experience of weightlessness to be one of the most fun and enjoyable, challenging and rewarding, experiences of spaceflight. Returning to Earth brings with it a great sense of heaviness and a need for careful movement. In some ways, it’s not too different from returning from a rocking ocean ship.”
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
“I thought, well, when I step off it’s just going to be a little step — a step from there down to there — but then I thought about all those 400,000 people who had given me the opportunity to make that step and thought it’s going to be a big something for all those folks and, indeed for a lot of others that weren’t even involved in the project, so it was kind of a simple correlation.”
In one of his interviews, someone asked him what it feels like to have his footprints remain on the moon’s surface for thousands of years, Armstrong stated, “I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up,”
Neil Armstrong serves as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952 along with serving in the Korean War. When it comes to his education he has done his bachelor’s in science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1955. Additionally, he did a master’s of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970.)