American icon Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Aug. 25 due to heart-surgery complications related to coronary artery disease. He was 82.
The legendary astronaut captivated the world during the height of NASA’s space exploration program. Here are a few of Armstrong’s notable achievements…
- Piloted more than 200 different aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders
- Flew 78 missions in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Navy
- First launched into space on the Gemini 8 mission in 1966
- Commanded the Apollo 11 mission, becoming the first man to land a craft on the moon and to step on its surface
- Taught Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-79
- Served on spaceflight accident investigations panels for Apollo 13 and Challenger
- Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as numerous other honors
His words from July 20, 1969, will echo with us always: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Angel MedFlight thanks you, Neil, for your lasting contributions to aerospace and exploration. As we gaze up at the ever watchful moon, we will always be reminded to push our limits and follow our dreams.