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Posts Tagged ‘National Commission on Space.’

ENTERTAINMENT FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 5, 2010: Celebrity Birthdays

Guy De Maupassant, author in 1850.

Conrad Aiken, author in 1889.

John Huston, filmmaker in 1906.

Patrick Ewing, basketball player at Georgetown University and the NBA in 1962, he’s 48.

**Born on this date in 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, which is located in Auglaize County, American astronaut and the First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

A United States Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War, Armstrong became a test pilot for what was then the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics in 1955.

Neil Armstrong (courtesy of NASA)

In 1962, Armstrong was already a veteran of the X-15, he became a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut and served as command pilot of the Gemini 8 mission.

As a commander of Apollo 11 (June 16-24, 1969, he was the first person to step on the moon.

Armstong taught aeronautical engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1979.

In 1985, President Reagan appointed Armstrong to the National Commission on Space and in 1986 named him vice chairman of a panel to investigate the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, which happened earlier that year.