Born: August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio
Died: August 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Neil A. Armstrong
NASA Astronaut (deceased)
Born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Married. Two sons. Died on August
EDUCATION: Armstrong received a Bachelor of
Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of
Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. He
held honorary doctorates from multiple universities.
SPECIAL HONORS: Armstrong was a Fellow of the
Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Royal Aeronautical Society and an
Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and
the International Astronautics Federation.
Armstrong was a member of the National Academy of
Engineering and the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco. He served as a member of
the National Commission on Space (1985 to 1986), as Vice-Chairman of the
Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (1986) and as
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Peace Corps (1971 to
Armstrong was decorated by 17 countries. He was the
recipient of many special honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom,
the Congressional Gold Medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the
Explorers Club Medal, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, the NASA
Distinguished Service Medal, the Harmon International Aviation Trophy, the Royal
Geographic Society's Gold Medal, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale's
Gold Space Medal, the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award,
the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA) Astronautics Award, the Octave Chanute Award and the John J.
EXPERIENCE: After serving as a naval aviator
from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955. His first assignment was with the NACA Lewis
Research Center (now NASA Glenn Research Center) in Cleveland. Over the next 17
years, he was an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and
its successor agency, NASA.
He was Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the
University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. During the years 1982 to 1992,
Armstrong was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc.,
NASA EXPERIENCE: As a research pilot at NASA's
Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, Armstrong was a project pilot on
many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known, 4000-mph X-15. He
flew more than 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets,
helicopters and gliders.
Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962. He
was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission. Gemini 8 was launched on
March 16, 1966, and Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two
vehicles in space.
As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned
lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man
to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.
Armstrong subsequently held the position of Deputy
Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. In
this position, he was responsible for the coordination and management of overall
NASA research and technology work related to aeronautics.
He resigned from NASA in 1971.
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BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL COLLINS
Born: October 31, 1930 in Rome, Italy
Michael Collins (Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, Retired)
NASA Astronaut (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Rome, Italy, on October
31, 1930. Married to the former Patricia M. Finnegan of Boston, Massachusetts.
Three grown children (two daughters, one son). His hobbies include fishing and
EDUCATION: Graduated from Saint Albans School
in Washington, D.C.; received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United
States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1952.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Society of
Experimental Test Pilots. Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
SPECIAL HONORS: Presented the Presidential
Medal for Freedom in 1969 and recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal,
the Air Force Command Pilot Astronaut Wings, and the Air Force Distinguished
the Fire, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1974.
EXPERIENCE: Collins chose an Air Force career
following graduation from West Point. He served as an experimental flight test
officer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California,
and, in that capacity, tested performance and stability and control
characteristics of Air Force aircraft--primarily jet fighters.
He has logged approximately 5,000 hours flying
NASA EXPERIENCE: Collins was one of the third
group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. He served as backup pilot for
the Gemini VII mission.
As pilot on the 3-day Gemini X mission, launched July 18, 1966, Collins
shared with command pilot John Young in the accomplishments of that
record-setting flight. These accomplishments included a successful rendezvous
and docking with a separately launched Agena target vehicle and, using the power
of the Agena, maneuvering the Gemini spacecraft into another orbit for a
rendezvous with a second, passive Agena. Collins' skillful performance in
completing two periods of extravehicular activity included the recovery of a
micrometeorite detection experiment from the passive Agena. Gemini X attained an
apogee of approximately 475 statute miles and traveled a distance of 1,275,091
statute miles--after which splashdown occurred in the West Atlantic, 529 miles
east of Cape Kennedy. The spacecraft landed 2.6 miles from the USS GUADALCANAL and became the second spacecraft
in the Gemini program to land within eye and camera range of the prime recovery
Collins served as command module pilot on Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969--the
first lunar landing mission. He remained aboard the command module ,
Columbia, on station in lunar orbit while Neil Armstrong, spacecraft
commander, and Edwin Aldrin, lunar module pilot, descended to the lunar surface
in their lunar module Eagle. Collins performed the final re-docking
maneuvers following a successful lunar orbit rendezvous which was initiated by
Armstrong and Aldrin from within the Eagle after their ascent
from the lunar surface. Among the accomplishments of the Apollo 11 mission were
collection of lunar surface samples for return to earth, deployment of lunar
surface experiments, and an extensive evaluation of the life supporting
extravehicular mobility unit worn by astronauts.
Collins completed two space flights, logging 266 hours
in space--of which 1 hour and 27 minutes was spent in EVA.
He left NASA in January 1970, and is Director of the
National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington,