After landing on the moon in 1969 the crew of Apollo 11 was hailed as American heroes. Neil Armstrong never used his fame name recognition to make money. He always shared credits with others.
He didn’t give interviews or autographs. Roger Launius, the National Air and Space Museum Senior curator, says that Neil Armstrong “was in someway a reluctant hero”. In 1971 Armstrong left NASA. He then had an executive position in the aerospace industry. He also went and teached at the University of Cincinnati.
Armstrong remains in history as the first man to walk on the moon. On July 20 1969 while making the first step on the moon he radioed back to earth what will be forever remembered in history: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. When Neil Armstrong first took that one small step onto the moon he left behind more than just a footprint. He inspired future generations to fight for what they believe in and he has shown to the world that anything is possible while being a continuous source of inspiration for us all.
The whole world is in grief now. President Barack Obama met with the press and said that Armstrong and the entire Apollo 11 crew “carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation,”. Their first steps made on the moon “delivered a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.”
Rest in peace, Neil ARMSTRONG!