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Neil Armstrong

Data de nascimento: 5. Agosto 1930
Data de falecimento: 25. Agosto 2012
Outros nomes:Neil Alden Armstrong

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Neil Alden Armstrong foi um astronauta dos Estados Unidos, piloto de testes e aviador naval que escreveu seu nome na história do século XX e da Humanidade ao ser o primeiro homem a pisar na Lua, como comandante da missão Apollo 11, em 20 de julho de 1969.

Antes de se tornar astronauta, Armstrong serviu na Marinha dos Estados Unidos combatendo na Guerra da Coreia como piloto de caça. Após a guerra, graduou-se como piloto de testes e serviu na Estação de Voo do Comitê Consultivo Nacional para a Aeronáutica de alta velocidade, onde acumulou mais de 900 voos em uma variedade de aeronaves.

Entrou para a NASA em 1962, integrando o segundo grupo de astronautas da agência espacial, indo ao espaço pela primeira vez em 1965, como comandante da missão Gemini VIII, três anos antes do voo que o colocaria na História. Condecorado com a Medalha Presidencial da Liberdade, a maior condecoração civil do país, e a Medalha de Honra Espacial do Congresso, manteve uma vida discreta e longe dos olhos da opinião pública até sua morte, aos 82 anos. Dele, o presidente dos Estados Unidos Barack Obama disse ser " um dos maiores heróis americanos, não apenas de sua época, mas de todos os tempos".

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„A century hence, 2000 may be viewed as quite a primitive period in human history. It’s something to hope for.“

— Neil Armstrong
Context: A century hence, 2000 may be viewed as quite a primitive period in human history. It’s something to hope for. … I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer — born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow. As an engineer, I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession. "The Engineered Century" http://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/TheVertiginousMarchofTechnology/TheEngineeredCentury.aspx remarks delivered during National Engineers Week on behalf of the National Academy of Engineering at the National Press Club (22 February 2000)

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„The exciting part for me, as a pilot, was the landing on the moon.“

— Neil Armstrong
Context: The exciting part for me, as a pilot, was the landing on the moon. That was the time that we had achieved the national goal of putting Americans on the moon. The landing approach was, by far, the most difficult and challenging part of the flight. Walking on the lunar surface was very interesting, but it was something we looked on as reasonably safe and predictable. So the feeling of elation accompanied the landing rather than the walking. Interview at The New Space Race (August 2007) http://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/00861/armstrongiscool.htm

„I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges.“

— Neil Armstrong
Context: I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul … we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream. Apollo mission press conference (1969); ABC World News http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/neil-armstrong-man-moon-dead/story?id=12325140&page=2#.UE0Vm67hdjw; also quoted in Of a Fire on the Moon (1970) by Norman Mailer, <!-- p. 46-47 --> and in First Man: The Life of Ronnie Petch the bender (2005) by James R. Hansen<!-- p. 399 -->

„Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying.“

— Neil Armstrong
Context: Pilots take no special joy in walking: pilots like flying. Pilots generally take pride in a good landing, not in getting out of the vehicle. On his famous moonwalk, as quoted in In the Shadow of the Moon : A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 (2007) by Francis French and Colin Burgess

„The landing approach was, by far, the most difficult and challenging part of the flight.“

— Neil Armstrong
Context: The exciting part for me, as a pilot, was the landing on the moon. That was the time that we had achieved the national goal of putting Americans on the moon. The landing approach was, by far, the most difficult and challenging part of the flight. Walking on the lunar surface was very interesting, but it was something we looked on as reasonably safe and predictable. So the feeling of elation accompanied the landing rather than the walking. Interview at The New Space Race (August 2007) http://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/00861/armstrongiscool.htm

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„Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.“

— Neil Armstrong
First words from the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle after guiding the craft to a landing on the Moon at 4:17pm EDT (20 July 1969)

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