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Net Worth$8 million
DiedAugust 25, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
SpouseCarol Held Knight, Janet Shearon
FactAstronauts Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted a plaque on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. It reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.".

Neil Armstrong was an American astronaut who became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.

Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. His parents were Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel. He had two younger sisters, June and Dean. Armstrong’s father was an auditor for the county government and his mother was a homemaker.

Armstrong’s interest in flying began at an early age. He took his first airplane ride when he was six years old and received his pilot’s license when he was 16. Armstrong attended Purdue University on a Navy scholarship. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955.

After graduation, Armstrong became a test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He flew more than 200 different types of aircraft during his career.

In 1962, Armstrong was selected as one of the original astronauts for the NASA space program. He made his first space flight in 1966 on the Gemini 8 mission. The following year, he made his second space flight as commander of the Apollo 11 mission. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon.

After the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong served as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics at NASA headquarters. He left NASA in 1971 to become a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He retired from teaching in 1979.

Armstrong’s first wife was Janet Shearon. The couple had two sons, Rick and Mark. Armstrong married Carol Held Knight in 1994. The couple had no children.

Armstrong died on August 25, 2012, at the age of 82.

General Info

Full NameNeil Armstrong
Net Worth$8 million
DiedAugust 25, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Height1.8 m
ProfessionAerospace Engineer, United States Naval Aviator, Test pilot, Voice Actor, Astronaut, Professor, Naval Officer
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Purdue University, Blume High School


SpouseCarol Held Knight, Janet Shearon
ChildrenEric Armstrong, Karen Armstrong, Mark Armstrong
ParentsStephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong
SiblingsDean Armstrong, June Armstrong


AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Congressional Space Medal of Honor, Collier Trophy, Langley Gold Medal, Sylvanus Thayer Award, Hubbard Medal, General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, Special Gold Logie for Providing TV's Greatest Moment in Their Moon Telecast,...
MoviesQuantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention
TV ShowsBritish television Apollo 11 coverage, First Flights with Neil Armstrong

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1In my mind, the important thing was that we got four aluminum legs safely down on the surface of the moon while we were still inside the craft. To me, there wasn't a lot of difference between having ten feet of leg between the bottom of the spacecraft in which we were standing and the surface of the moon, and having one inch of neoprene rubber or plastic on the bottom of our boots touching the lunar surface.
2[commenting of the feasibility of a manned mission to Mars] I suspect that even though the various questions are difficult and many, they are not as difficult and many as those we faced when we started the Apollo (space program) in 1961.
3The 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.
4Yeah, 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.
5Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed. [First message to the Earth from the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle after landing on the Moon, 20 July 1969]
6It 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.
7That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. [First words spoken on the moon. The speech as written by his wife read, "That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind". Unfortunately, he forgot the a in the between for and man, thus changing the meaning.]


1Inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1993.
2Inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1976.
3Inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame in 1966.
4Inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1979.
5Honorary member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).
6In 1979, while working on his farm in Lebanon, Ohio, he jumped off a grain tractor and his wedding ring was caught in the wheel, severing his ring finger. He managed to calmly collect the finger, pack it ice and had it reattached by micro surgeons at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
7He stopped signing autographs in 1994 after finding that many of his signatures were selling for significant amounts of money, and that there were several forgeries in circulation. Since then any requests that were sent to him were answered with a form letter stating that he had stopped signing autographs.
8In 2005, he became embroiled in a bizarre legal dispute with his longtime barber, Marx Sizemore. Armstrong alleged that after cutting some of his hair, Sizemore sold it to a collector for $3000.00 (US) without his knowledge or consent. Armstrong demanded that if Sizemore did not either return the hair in question or donate the proceeds to a charity of Armstrong's choice, he would take legal action against him. Since Sizemore could not get the hair back, he donated the proceeds to the charity of Armstrong's choosing.
9For the record, it was Neil Armstrong's left foot that first made contact with the surface of the moon.
10A crater on the moon is named Armstrong after him.
11Has three children: Eric (born 1957), Karen (1959-1961) and Mark (born 1963).
12The first man to walk on the Moon also holds the record for the greatest distance between target landing area and actual landing: in March 1966, Gemini 8 came down near Okinawa, but the intended target was the Caribbean, a distance of at least eight and a half thousand miles (13,000+ km).
13On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 pm EDT, he stepped down from the Lunar Excursion Module Eagle and became the first man to set foot on the moon.
14NASA realized after the Apollo 11 mission had returned to Earth that they had no good pictures of the First Man on the Moon to show to the world. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin said later: "As the sequence of lunar operations evolved, Neil had the camera most of the time, and the majority of pictures taken on the Moon that include an astronaut are of me. It wasn't until we were back on Earth and in the lunar receiving laboratory, looking over the pictures, that we realized there were few pictures of Neil. My fault, perhaps, but we had never simulated this in our training.".
15Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California on January 14, 1993.
16Astronauts Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted a plaque on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. It reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.".
17Is a Brother of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
18NASA Astronaut. Selected in the second group of astronauts. Flew jets during Korean War. Flew X-15 rocket plane. On Gemini 8 in 1966, he flew with Dave Scott conducting the first docking of a manned vehicle with an Agena target vehicle. On Apollo 11 in 1969, with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, became the first men to land on the moon. Retired from NASA in 1970.




Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey2010Dr. Jack Morrow (voice)
Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention2003TV Movie documentaryOrville Wright (voice)


Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon2012TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: 1930-2012 - as Neil Alden Armstrong


The Saturn V Story2014Documentary
America's Book of Secrets2012TV SeriesHimself
Talk im Hangar-72010TV SeriesHimself
The Apollo Years2009VideoHimself
The Third Foot (An Interview with Buzz Aldrin)2009Video documentaryHimself
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions2008-2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Apollo 11 / Himself - X-15 Test Pilot / ...
NASA: Triumph and Tragedy2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Apollo 11
Naked Science2008TV Series documentaryHimself - NASA Apollo XI Astronaut
Fly Me to the Moon 3D2008Himself
Moon Machines2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Mars Rising2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The New 7 Wonders of the World2007TV MovieHimself
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Former Astronaut (segment "First Man")
How Art Made the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
One Small Step for Man2004ShortHimself (stock footage)
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
The Tribute: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo & Skylab1993Video documentaryHimself
Tornadoes: The Entity1993Video documentaryHimself, Narrator (voice)
First Flights with Neil Armstrong1991DocumentaryHost
The Other Side of the Moon1990DocumentaryHimself
Future Flight1987TV MovieHimself
Biography1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's Salute to NASA: 25 Years of Reaching for the Stars1983TV MovieHimself
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Bob Hope1974TV SpecialHimself
Moonwalk One1970DocumentaryHimself
The 12th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Special Gold Logie Winner
The Bob Hope Christmas Special1970TV SpecialHimself
Apollo XI Landing1969TV MovieHimself - Apollo 11 CDR
The Sky at Night1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Kuustudio1969TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

les aventures d'archives2016post-productionHimself
Ancient Aliens2012-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Astronaut / Himself
Space's Deepest Secrets2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Astronaut, Apollo 11
The NASA Moon and Mars Landing Hoaxes2015Video documentary shortHimself - Apollo 11 (uncredited)
Flat Earth: The Biggest Lie of All2015Video documentaryHimself - Apollo 11 CDR (uncredited)
SPHINX: Genesis2015ShortHimself
The Flat Earth Conspiracy2014Video documentaryHimself - Apollo 11
Spise med Price2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Nova2008-2014TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Astronaut
Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project2014DocumentaryHimself
9x10 novanta2014DocumentaryHimself (segment "Tubiolo e la luna") (uncredited)
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - US Astronaut
Genetic Drift2014ShortHimself
Warehouse 132013TV SeriesNeil Armstrong
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesHimself
Our Nixon2013DocumentaryHimself
Here I Stand2012DocumentaryHimself
Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself - Moon Landing Announcement
Gintberg på kanten2012TV Series documentaryHimself
One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Doctor Who2011TV SeriesHimself
California's Gold2008-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Angry Planet2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Astronaut
Reaching Tranquility: The 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing2009Documentary shortHimself
Regreso a la Luna2009TV MovieHimself
Apollo Zero2009DocumentaryHimself - Gemini 8 CDR, Apollo 11 CDR
Mystères d'archives2009TV Series documentary shortHimself
40 Years on the Moon2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moonshot2009TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The 23rd Annual Midsouth Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Cold Case2008TV SeriesHimself
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Secrets of the Moon Landings2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Un jour, un destin2007TV Series documentaryHimself
MoonFaker2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Apollo 11 Astronaut
The Mars Underground2007DocumentaryHimself
The Wonder of It All2007DocumentaryHimself
In the Shadow of the Moon2007DocumentaryHimself
Tank on the Moon2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Horizon2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Minerva Awards 2006: Sally Ride2006ShortHimself
The 60s: The Beatles Decade2006TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Former Astronaut (segment "First Man")
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself
Beyond the Moon: Failure Is Not an Option 22005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Movies That Shook the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
First on the Moon: The Untold Story2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timeshift2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Astronaut
Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond2005Video documentaryHimself - NASA Astronaut
Naked Science2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Truth Behind the Moon Landings2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Unsere Besten2003TV SeriesHimself
Sea of Silence2003Himself (uncredited)
Failure Is Not an Option2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Days That Shook the World2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Apollo11 Astronaut
One Small Leap2002ShortHimself - Astronaut (uncredited)
Superstructures of America2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Astronaut
Caught on Film2002TV Mini-SeriesHimself (Episode: USS Forrestal / Chicago Democratic Convention / Gemini 8 / ...
Canada: A People's History2001TV SeriesHimself
Poloiset ja pieni askel2001ShortHimself (uncredited)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon2001Video documentaryHimself - Apollo 11 CDR
What Happened on the Moon? - An Investigation Into Apollo2000Video documentaryHimself - Apollo 11 Astronaut (uncredited)
The Dish2000Himself
The Planets1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
A Walk on the Moon1999Himself (uncredited)
Cronkite Remembers1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (on the moon) (uncredited)
Contact1997Himself - Voice Through Space (uncredited)
Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun1997Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life1997DocumentaryHimself - Astronaut on Moon (uncredited)
Was It Only a Paper Moon?1997DocumentaryHimself - Apollo 11 Astronaut (uncredited)
Civilization II1996Video GameHimself
UFO Diaries1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Apollo 131995Himself
Forrest Gump1994Himself - Stepping onto the Moon (uncredited)
The Simpsons1992TV SeriesHimself
Bullerfnis1991TV SeriesHimself - Astronaut
Moontrap1989Himself (uncredited)
For All Mankind1989DocumentaryHimself
The Moon Above, the Earth Below1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 1960's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentary
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV SpecialHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1986TV SeriesHimself
A Good Turn Daily1983ShortHimself (uncredited)
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow1981Himself (on the Moon) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Time After Time1979Himself - Announcing Moon Landing (uncredited)
Moi, Tintin1976DocumentaryHimself


Won Awards

1999Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyMillennium AwardFor the moon telecast.
1993Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevision
1970Special Gold LogieLogie Awards

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