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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon while talking to Houston

Neil Armstrong is known for being the first person to walk on the moon. He was an American astronaut in the Apollo space program credited with saying, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind" as he stepped on the moon from the lunar lander.

Born - August 5, 1930

Died - August 25, 2012

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Watch Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon  (Y,M,O,T)
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong made history as the first man to walk on the moon, and uttered his famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." See the moment as it was covered live by CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite. YouTube from CBS News

Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong's Reflections on NASA's Mission to Land on the Moon  (Y,M,O,T)
Neil A. Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission to land on the Moon, reflects on the successful mission and his experience in lunar exploration. YouTube video from NASA

Tribute to Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong  (Y,M,O,T)
As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Neil Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the Moon and first to step on its surface. YouTube from NASA

Armstrong Air & Space Museum  (Y,M,O,T)
The museum shares the story of Neil Armstrong and all other Ohioans who have attempted to defy gravity, the Space Race, and current space exploration. The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base. The museum features many one-of-a-kind artifacts including the Gemini VIII spacecraft, Neil Armstrong's Gemini and Apollo spacesuits, and an Apollo 11 moon rock. The museum is also home to two full-size aircraft, both of which were flown by Mr. Armstrong.

Neil Armstrong - Aviation Pioneer Lesson Plan  (O)
From Wings over Kansas.com

Neil Armstrong Lesson Plan  (M)
Mini unit for middle grades

Lunar Landing  (M,O)
NASA's Math and Science at Work.

Neil Armstrong Biography (NASA)  (Y,M,O,T)

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