Astronaut Friday: Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, becoming the first person to walk on the Moon.

The man who said, “Every human has a finite number of heartbeats,” spent absolutely no time wasting any of his. Armstrong’s pioneering step is still regarded as one of the greatest moments in human history.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. We are celebrating this historic milestone by highlighting some fun facts about Apollo astronauts.

Learn more about Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, the first person to stand on the lunar surface:

Neil Armstrong bio card

Armstrong died August 25, 2012 at the age of 82. He will forever be remembered as the man who took one giant leap for all of us.

Armstrong left the world with this powerful quote:

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

During your next visit, don’t miss the opportunity to see an Apollo 11 bio-isolation garment in Astronaut Gallery!

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