This Ohio astronaut, who began his career at NASA's Glenn Research Center, later became the first man to walk on the moon. Book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen Book Summary: Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon. In his authorized biography, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” Armstrong revealed to his biographer James R. Hansen the personal memorabilia he took.
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authorized biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong. James R. Hansen, who was also a NASA historian, said it was his students at Auburn. unconsciousness and death, Armstrong regained control using a system James R. Hansen, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong () is a fine biography. Neil Armstrong was born on August 5th, in Ohio. Armstrong developed an interest in flying at an early age. His love of airplanes grew when he went for his.
He testified in Congress against President Barack Obama's decision to cancel the Constellation program, which included another mission to the moon. He was also an excellent pilot, one of the select few to fly the X rocket plane. Flag for inappropriate content. The crew and the craft were picked up by the U. Astronaut autobiographies and memoirs have proliferated since the s. My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a landmark moment in human history," according to CBS News.
He was spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, and the first man to walk on the moon. He died in The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so " much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it.
Military Service Astronaut Neil Armstrong developed a fascination with flight at an early age and earned his student pilot's license when he was In , Armstrong began his studies in aeronautical engineering at Purdue.
University on a U.
Navy scholarship. His studies, however, were interrupted in when he was called to serve in the Korean War.
Navy pilot, Armstrong flew 78 combat missions during this military conflict. He left the service in , and returned to college. For this government agency he worked in a number of different capacities, including serving as a test pilot and an engineer. He tested many highspeed aircraft, including the X, which could reach a top speed of 4, miles per hour. Astronaut Program In his personal life, Armstrong started to settle down.
He married Janet Shearon on January 28, The couple soon added to their family. Son Eric arrived in , followed daughter Karen in Sadly, Karen died of complications related to an inoperable brain tumor in January The following year, the Armstrongs welcomed their third child, son Mark.
That same year, Armstrong joined the astronaut program. He and fellow astronaut David Scott were launched into the earth's orbit on March 16, While in orbit, they were able to briefly dock their space capsule with the Gemini Agena target vehicle. This was the first time two vehicles had successfully docked in space. During this maneuver, however, they experienced some problems and had to cut their mission short.
They landed in the Pacific Ocean nearly 11 hours after the mission's start, and were later rescued by the U. Moon Landing Armstrong faced an even bigger challenge in Along with Michael Collins and Edwin E. The trio were launched into space on July 16, Serving as the mission's commander, Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module to the moon's surface on July 20, , with Buzz Aldrin aboard. Collins remained on the Command Module.
At He said, "That's one. For about two and a half hours, Armstrong and Aldrin collected samples and conducted experiments. They also took photographs, including their own footprints.
The crew and the craft were picked up by the U.
Hornet, and the three astronauts were put into quarantine for three weeks. Before long, the three Apollo 11 astronauts were given a warm welcome home. Crowds lined the streets of New York City to cheer on the famous heroes who were honored in a ticker-tape parade. Armstrong received numerous awards for his efforts, including the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Later Contributions Armstrong remained with NASA, serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics until Armstrong remained at the university for eight years.
Staying active in his field, he served as the chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. Helping out at a difficult time, Armstrong served as vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on the space shuttle Challenger accident in The commission investigated the explosion of the Challenger on January 28, , which took the lives of its crew, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
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New York: Astronaut autobiographies and memoirs have proliferated since the s. For vicarious astronauts like myself, these books have made for enjoyable reading, notwithstanding the variable quality. In the last decade, writers have started to produce biographies of astronauts, none of them scholarly—until now.
James Hansen's Neil Armstrong biography is smoothly written for a broad audience, but it has a very sound foundation in primary research, interviews, and the secondary literature. Beyond the form of the popular biography, which does not lend itself to extended historiographical discussions, Hansen's only concession to the conventions of trade publishing is the unfortunate use of line citations in the back of the book instead of superscript numbers in the text, a format presumably dictated by the publisher.
As an "authorized" biography, First Man might naturally be regarded with suspicion. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Hansen was free to write the interpretative sections as he wished.
Of course, it helps that Armstrong is a bona fide American hero, without any important skeletons in his closet.
Yet Hansen addresses private matters that the very private Armstrong would rather not discuss, such as his young daughter's cancer death in and his divorce from his first wife. As one reads this book, it becomes apparent that only an authorized biography could have done justice to Armstrong's nonpublic and even his public life.
Otherwise, neither the astronaut himself nor his ex-wife and his sister—both very important interviewees—would have been accessible. It is improbable that any other author will ever be able to penetrate more deeply into the psyche of the enigmatic first man on the moon. Armstrong was a Purdue engineering graduate with a deep commitment to aerodynamics and control systems, and he became expert in the new area of flight simulation as it was developed at Edwards.
He was also an excellent pilot, one of the select few to fly the X rocket plane.