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
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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.”