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29 Neil Armstrong Quotes About Space (APOLLO 11)

Top 7 Most Famous Neil Armstrong Quotes to Inspire You to Take That Small Step

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

Neil Armstrong
I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did.
I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did.
There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth's protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief.
There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth’s protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
I-believe-every-human-has-a-finite-number-of-heartbeats.-I-don’t-intend-to-waste-any-of-mine
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
You've got to expect things are going to go wrong. And we always need to prepare ourselves for handling the unexpected.
You’ve got to expect things are going to go wrong. And we always need to prepare ourselves for handling the unexpected.

21 Inspirational Neil Armstrong Quotes About Life And Space Travel

“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.”

Neil Armstrong
Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss shoot for the moon instead.
Shoot for the stars but if you happen to miss shoot for the moon instead.
Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.
Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.

“We have no proof, But if we extrapolate, based on the best information we have available to us, we have to come to the conclusion that… other life probably exists out there and perhaps in many places…”

Neil Armstrong
Gliders, sail planes, they're wonderful flying machines. It's the closest you can come to being a bird.
Gliders, sail planes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.
Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.
Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.
Each book holds an experience and an adventure.
Each book holds an experience and an adventure.

“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow.”

Neil Armstrong
I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.
I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.
In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.
In flying, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival.

“The single observation I would offer for your consideration is that some things are beyond your control. You can lose your health to illness or accident. You can lose your wealth to all manner of unpredictable sources. What are not easily stolen from you without your cooperation are your principles and your values. They are your most important possessions and, if carefully selected and nurtured, will well serve you and your fellow man.”

Neil Armstrong
As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.
As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.
Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn't planned by anyone.
Yeah, I wasn’t chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn’t planned by anyone.

“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”

Neil Armstrong
Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you.
Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you.
The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class.
The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class.

“Every flying machine has its own unique characteristics, some good, some not so good. Pilots naturally fly the craft in such a manner as to take advantage of its good characteristics and avoid the areas where it is not so good.”

Neil Armstrong
I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.
I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.
The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel.
The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel.

“We would like to give special thanks to all those Americans who built the spacecraft; who did the construction, design, the tests, and put their hearts and all their abilities into those crafts. To those people tonight, we give a special thank you, and to all the other people that are listening and watching tonight, God bless you. Good night from Apollo 11.”

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Short Biography

Born on the 5 August 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil Alden Armstrong’s passion for aviation was already solidified at the mere age of six when he took his first airplane ride with his father in a Ford Trimotor, also known as the “Tin Goose”. He became a licensed pilot on his 16th birthday even before he got his driver’s license. 

Armstrong attended Purdue University for his degree in Aeronautical Engineering but it was put on hold in 1950 due to his service in the Korean War where he received his three Air Medals as a naval aviator. 

He finished his degree in 1955 and then continued to work as a civilian research pilot for NASA (then known as NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) where he flew more than 200 aircrafts, including the X-15 rocket plane.

In 1962, NASA’s Director of Flight Crew Operations, Deke Slayton, informed Armstrong that he was selected to be part of the second group of NASA’s Astronaut Corps. He took his first flight being the command pilot of Gemini 8, the sixth of the two-seat Gemini mission series that was sent out to test space technology. He experienced some serious problems with this mission in 1968, barely escaping a massive accident by a few seconds while manning the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, a machine that was meant to simulate landings on the moon.

Armstrong blasted off in the Apollo 11 vehicle to space, with Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins, where Armstrong manually landed on the south-western edge of the Sea of Tranquillity with 25 seconds of fuel left and became the first man to ever step on the Moon. He marked his success with the words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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