Without a doubt, Yuri Gagarin and Neil Alden Armstrong, are the most important people to have been involved in the space exploration. He was the oldest son born to Stephen and Viola Engel Armstrong and later brother to Dean and June. From the ages of 19 to 22, he was a naval aviator during the Korean War. He was a pilot during his time studying at Aeronautical Engineering at Purdue University, After leaving the service, he become a test pilot. From there he was chosen to join the Astronauts corps.
He first went up in Space during the Gemini space missions then three years later came the most important event in American Space History. Along with Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins pilotted the Apollo 11 to the moon. The spacecraft touched down in the Sea of Tranquility on the surface of the moon. That day was July 20th 1969. The journey took four days to complete and when he arrived, Neil and Edwin went down to the surface of the moon. Michael stayed aboard the craft that would get them back home. What he said when he first touch foot on the moon has become as famous as the feat itself.
`One small step for Man, One giant leap for Mankind.`
After returning to Earth, he was decorated for his achievement in both America and other countries around the world. Russia had beaten America on two fronts before and nearly beat them again but the Russia Lunar Lander crashed. Luna 15 had taken off days before with the objective of landing on the Moon, picking up rock samples and bringing them back to Earth. Luna crashed on attempting to land. He stayed with N.A.S.A. until 1971 reaching the position of Deputy Association Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters Office of Advanced Research and Technology. Other positions include being a lecturer at Cincinatti University. After the Challenger space shuttle disaster, he served as the Vice Chairman on the team set up by the U.S. Government to investigate what went wrong.
On the personal front, he has been married twice. The first, he met Janet Elizabeth Shearon and together, they had three children, Alan (June 30, 1957), Karen Anne (April 13, 1959) and Mark Stephen (April 8, 1963). He met her at Purdue University where she was studying Home Economics. Karen unfortunately passed away on January 28, 1962, the Armstrongs wedding anniversary with brain tumour. Their marriage didn`t last, it fell apart partly because of his business, being away from home for such a long time
He met Carol Held Knight in 92 at a golf tournament then later, he married her on June 12, 1994