Neil Armstrong was the first man to ever set foot on the moon. But his was no simple flight – it took years and years of preparation.
From his earliest days, Neil was fascinated with aviation. He often watched the planes flying overhead as a child and created his own model airplanes. But he longed to fly himself.
At the age of fifteen, he began taking flying lessons – which he paid for himself. On his sixteenth birthday, he received his pilot’s license and began to plan for the future.
At that time, the navy was offering a scholarship program – if a young man signed up with this program, his college tuition was paid for by the navy in exchange for three years of active service. Neil eagerly signed up with this program and was soon flying and designing planes. He graduated from college with an aeronautical engineering degree.
Although not initially interested in spaceflight, Neil soon became interested. His training and experience made him perfect for the job. After a series of grueling tests, Neil Armstrong was accepted into the NASA space program.
Thence ensued hours of testing, experiments, and preparation. Gemini 8, in which Neil participated, had been successful in its primary goal. Neil was excited. But he was even more excited to be offered the position of mission commander on the Apollo 11, which was to be the first landed flight on the moon. And on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Conclusion. An excellent resource. Space obsessed children will love it.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret