Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon.
He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station, where he logged over 900 flights. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs, Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962.
President Jimmy Carter presented Armstrong the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978.
This mission was aborted after Armstrong used some of his reentry control fuel to prevent a dangerous spin caused by a stuck thruster, in the first in-flight space emergency.Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as commander of Apollo 11, the first manned Moon landing mission in July 1969.