The greatest icon of the American space age died August 25.
This Apollo 11 landing ended the space race between America and the Soviet Union that ran the duration of the 1960s.
Armstrong’s first trip to space was to conduct the first ever rendezvous and in-flight docking with another spacecraft, the unmanned Agena vehicle, which was used by NASA for docking training exercises. This exercise was completed, although the shuttle entered a roll that forced reentry.
The Apollo 11 mission saw Armstrong become the first man on the moon. When he placed his boot on the surface of the moon, the estimated global listeners at that moment was 450 million people.
After the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong announced he would not return to space. He went on to teach aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati for eight years.
He served on two NASA investigative boards. One was for the Apollo 13 incident, where one of the oxygen tanks exploded, but the crew was able to return safely to Earth. The other was looking into the Challenger tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of all seven crewmembers when the space shuttle broke apart on reentry.
Armstrong received many awards for his service, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. A space crater, about 31 mi wide, near the Apollo 11 landing area, was named Armstrong in his honor.
In giving tribute to the astronaut after his death, President Barack Obama called Armstrong a hero “not just of his time, but of all time.”