Neil Armstrong Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and the first person to walk on the moon. Come learn about Neil Armstrong's life, what he did before becoming an astronaut, what he said about walking on the moon, and some other facts about this brave man.

Who was Neil Armstrong?

Imagine landing on the moon. You put on your space suit and helmet and are ready to step out of the hatch. But this is much different than walking out your front door because no one has ever set foot on the moon. Your foot touches the ground and you've left the first footprint, making history with one step. You are Neil Armstrong!

Neil Armstrong was a pilot, astronaut, and the first person to walk on the moon. He was born in Ohio in 1930 on a farm and had a brother and sister.

Even at 2 years old, Armstrong was fascinated by planes and flying. He got to take his first flight when he was 6 and he loved it!

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong

He started taking flying lessons when he was 15, working odd jobs to pay for them, and had his student pilot's license by the time he was 16. He did all of this before he even had a license to drive a car! Neil Armstrong was born to fly!

Becoming a Military Pilot

Neil Armstrong went to college to study how things fly and how different kinds of aircraft are created, made, and powered. But before he could finish, he joined the Navy and became a military pilot. He did go back to finish his degree in aeronautical engineering after serving his country.

He flew many missions in the Korean War before leaving the Navy and going to work for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It eventually became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

But Neil Armstrong didn't just fly planes. He flew more than 200 different kinds of aircraft like jets, helicopters, gliders, rockets, and even the X15, a titanium-covered aircraft that was rocket-powered and could fly up to 4,000 miles per hour! If you've ever ridden on a passenger airplane, you were only traveling about 590 miles per hour.

Neil Armstrong with the X15
Neil Armstrong with the X15

Neil Armstrong the Astronaut

Neil Armstrong became an astronaut for NASA and was the commander of the Gemini 8. That mission ran into serious trouble after it connected to another vehicle in space. It started to roll and was out of control, but Armstrong was a great pilot and was able to get control of the spacecraft again and landed it in the Pacific Ocean.

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