This week marked the 89th birthday of one of the planets most famous human beings. The achievement of this person was so big that he guaranteed his place in the history books for all time! Who are we talking about? Well, none other than Neil Armstrong – the first man on the Moon. This is what he became most famous for, but there are plenty of things you may not know about him.
Neil Armstrong created history on July 20th, 1969 and in doing so, he took mankind to a new level of exploration. We all know of him as the first man on the moon, but he was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and an aeronautical engineer amongst other roles. Let’s take a closer look at some facts that you may not know about Neil Armstrong.
He was able to fly before he could drive! His love of aircraft began at 6 years old when his father took him flying. Before applying for his driving license, he had racked up enough hours and flying lessons that he was able to fly a plane before he was able to complete his driving test.
When Armstrong and his crew returned to Earth, they spent three weeks in quarantine! After returning to earth, all the crew was picked up by an American Navy ship. Obviously, they got a hero’s welcome when they returned. But the three men had to live in a sealed chamber for a period of three weeks. They were only able to communicate through a glass window on the front of the chamber.
Neil Armstrong was a University Professor. In 1971, Neil Armstrong left NASA. He wasn’t concerned about raising his profile any further and wanted to keep out of the limelight. So, he began to look for new places to take his career. One place he found an opportunity, was as a Professor at the University of Cincinnati.
He may not have been the first man on the Moon! Ever wonder why it was Neil Armstrong and not Buzz Aldrin who was first on the Moon? Well, this was down to one simple thing – the seating arrangements! Because of the way the door opened, the crew could only exit the ship one at a time. The member of the team sitting behind the door who was Aldrin - couldn’t get out straight away. Neil Armstrong had to get out first before the others could!
We bet that you didn’t know about any of this before reading this blog. So, we hope you have enjoyed our collection of fulfilled facts about Neil Armstrong!