Remembering Neil Armstrong

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  • Started: 8/27/2012 06:00
  • Ended: 8/30/2012 17:00
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  • Entries: 21
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Remembering Neil Armstrong
Contest Directions: Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon made him famous, but his "one small step for a man... one giant leap for mankind" immortalized him. August 25, 2012, America, and the entire world, lost a great man. Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82.
Here are some interesting facts about this great man:
* Neil Armstrong was a retired naval aviator when his he was chosen to be part of the second class of astronauts.
* During the Apollo 11 mission, the Russian newspaper Pravda called Neil "the czar of the ship." Command Module Pilot Michael Collins found this very funny and insisted on referring to Neil as "the czar" for the rest of the flight.
* Neil enjoyed playing golf.
* Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step" moon landing line was referenced by Pete Conrad, the commander of Apollo 12. Conrad was several inches shorter than Armstrong, and when he first stepped onto the moon, he exclaimed, "Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me!"
* A crater on the moon is named after Neil Armstrong.

To pay tributes to the first man on the moon, photoshop Neil Armstrong any way you wish.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/27/2012 06:00
    • Ended: 8/30/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 21
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
21 pictures
  • Neil Armstrong Holding a Space Shuttle

    Neil Armstrong Holding a Space Shuttle
  • Neil Armstrong on the Moon with Aliens

    Neil Armstrong on the Moon with Aliens
  • Neil Armstrong Moves to Another Dimension

    Neil Armstrong Moves to Another Dimension
  • Neil Armstrong Dreaming of the Moon

    Neil Armstrong Dreaming of the Moon
  • Neil Armstrong Pop Up Book

    Neil Armstrong Pop Up Book
  • Neil Armstrong Holding the World

    Neil Armstrong Holding the World
  • Neil Armstrong Playing a Round of Golf on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong Playing a Round of Golf on the Moon
  • Neil Armstrong at the Moon Walk of Fame

    Neil Armstrong at the Moon Walk of Fame
  • Neil Armstrong Tribute

    Neil Armstrong Tribute
  • American Hero Neil Armstrong

    American Hero Neil Armstrong
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Neil Alden Armstrong ( August 5, 1930 August 25, 2012) was American NASA astronaut, test pilot, space engineer, university professor, US Navy pilot, first human being, who put foot on Moon (July 21, 1969) during the lunar expedition of spacecraft "Apollo 11". Childhood & youth: Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio in the family of Stephen Koenig Armstrong & Viola Louise Engel. He belonged to Scotland-Ireland and German lineage. He had younger sister and brother: June & Dean. In 1947, Neil Armstrong took admission in aviation engineering at Purdue University, where he became a member of the student associations Phi Delta Theta & Kappa Kappa Psi. Education: Neil Armstrong completed his middle school in 1947 from Wapakoneta. During his high school studies, he also attended city aviation school & received his first flying license before graduating from school & even before the driver's license. From 1947 to 1955 (with a break from 1949 - 1952), he studied in Purdue university in West Lafayette, Indiana & received bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. In 1970, he received the Masters in Aerospace engineering from University of Southern California. Military Service: He served U.S. Navy in Lewis flight propulsion laboratory, where he tested jet-propelled planes, participated in Korean War, during which he completed 78 combat sorties on fighter bomber Grumman F9F Panther & was even shot once. He received Air medal & two Golden Stars. Space Training: In 1958, Neil Armstrong was enrolled in group of pilots, who were to receive training on experimental rocket-powered aircraft North American X-15. In November 1960, he accomplished his first flight on rocket-powered aircraft. By the end of June 1962, he completed 7 flights on these aircrafts but could not reach the 50 mile mark even once, which is considered to be space boundary by U.S Air force. Simultaneously, he was working on landing of project X-20 Dyna Soar on specialized military trainer planes F-102A and F5D. In June 1962, he was disappointed with rocket-power aircrafts & gave up the project 18 months before its final closure. In September 1962, he entered the competition as one of 250 contestants, enrolled in 2nd group of NASA astronauts & started training for space flight. Space flights: In March 1966, Neil Armstrong was Command Pilot of spaceship "Gemini-8". During this flight, he and astronaut David Scott accomplished their first space-docking between two space ships (with unmanned "Agena" target vehicle). Flight was aborted early due to serious failure in attitude control system of spacecraft, which posed a threat to the lives of astronauts. Landing on Moon: Aldrin took a photograph of Armstrong immediately upon his return from launch vehicle. Armstrong did not hide his emotions in this rare photograph. In June 1969, he commanded the space ship "Apollo-11", main mission of which was landing of space craft for the first time on moon. On July 20, Armstrong became the first man to have stepped his foot on moon. By putting on the moon's surface, Armstrong pronounced historic phrase: This is a small step for man but a gigantic leap for entire humankind. Armstrong and his colleague Edwin Aldrin spent 2.5 hrs on the Moon. Post NASA: Armstrong left NASA in 1971 and after that,he became a professor in University of Cincinnati till 1979. From 1985 to 1986,he was a member of National Space Committee. In 1986, Armstrong was Vice Chairman of commission, investigating the reasons for collapse of shuttle "Challenger". He was doing business and headed the AIL Systems Inc (Deer PArk, NY). In 1999, he participated in television project "BBC: Planets" as an expert. Awards: Neil Armstrong had received many awards & the following are top most amongst the rest: 1969 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 1978 Congressional Space Medal of Honor. 2009 Congressional Gold Medal of USA. Personal life: Neil Armstrong was married and father of two sons, lived in Ohio. Death: On August 7, 2012, Neil Armstrong underwent coronary artery grafting surgery. However, he died due to the post operative complications on August 25. Interesting facts: Armstrong was distinguished amongst other test pilots for his exclusive self-restraint and presence of mind, due to which he received the nickname of "Ice Commander". Phrase on landing on moon was prepared beforehand (That's one small step for a man, but one giant leap for mankind), however, due to excitement, Armstrong left out the indefinite article before the word "man", which is well heard in the recording. Thus, meaning of phrase got distorted: word man without the article does not indicate on an individual but as a race, humankind. According to words of Armstrong's childhood friend, phrase about two different steps was inspired by "Mother May I", children's play, in which, one needs to make big or small steps forward. In 2011, in an interview to Esquire, Armstrong said: "Astronauts never die on Saturdays". A year later, the astronaut died on August 25, which was a Saturday.

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