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Neil Armstrong

Data di nascita: 5. Agosto 1930
Data di morte: 25. Agosto 2012
Altri nomi:Neil Alden Armstrong

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Neil Alden Armstrong è stato un astronauta e aviatore statunitense, primo uomo a posare piede sulla Luna il 20 luglio 1969. Prima di diventare un astronauta, Armstrong fu ufficiale nella United States Navy e partecipò alla Guerra di Corea. Dopo la guerra, conseguì una laurea di primo livello presso la Purdue University e servì come pilota collaudatore presso il National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, dove effettuò più di 900 voli. Successivamente completò gli studi alla University of Southern California.

Partecipante ai programmi Man in space soonest della U.S. Air Force, con il quale gli statunitensi si proponevano di vincere la corsa allo spazio nei confronti dei sovietici, e del Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar, per lo sviluppo di uno spazioplano, Armstrong entrò a far parte del NASA Astronaut Corps nel 1962. Il suo primo volo spaziale fu in qualità di comandante nella missione Gemini 8: uno dei primi civili a divenire astronauta. Durante questa missione, Armstrong e il pilota David Scott effettuarono il primo aggancio fra due navi spaziali in orbita.

La sua seconda e ultima missione spaziale lo vide comandante, nel luglio del 1969, dell'Apollo 11, che realizzò il primo allunaggio con uomini a bordo del Programma Apollo. Nella missione, insieme a Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong effettuò un'attività extraveicolare sul suolo lunare per 2 ore e mezza, mentre il terzo membro dell'equipaggio, Michael Collins, era rimasto in attesa sul modulo di comando in orbita intorno alla Luna. Al ritorno sulla Terra, ad Armstrong, così come ai suoi due compagni di missione Collins e Aldrin, fu conferita la Medaglia presidenziale della libertà dal presidente Richard Nixon. Ricevette inoltre la Congressional Space Medal of Honor nel 1978 da Jimmy Carter e la Medaglia d'oro del Congresso nel 2009.

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Frasi Neil Armstrong

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„That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.“

—  Neil Armstrong
One Small Step https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11.step.html, transcript of Apollo 11 Moon landing Words said when Armstrong first stepped onto the Moon (20 July 1969). In the actual sound recordings he apparently fails to say "a" before "man" and says: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." This was generally considered by many to simply be an error of omission on his part. Armstrong long insisted he did say "a man" but that it was inaudible. Prior to new evidence supporting his claim, he stated a preference for the "a" to appear in parentheses when the quote is written. In September 2006 evidence based on new analysis of the recordings http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5398560.stm conducted by Peter Shann Ford, a computer programmer based in Sydney, Australia, whose company Control Bionics helps physically handicapped people to use their own nerve impulses to communicate through computers, indicated that Armstrong had said the missing "a". This information was presented to Armstrong and NASA on 28 September 2006 and reported in the Houston Chronicle (30 September 2006). The debate continues on the matter, as "Armstrong's 'poetic' slip on Moon" at BBC News (3 June 2009) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8081817.stm reports that more recent analysis by linguist John Olsson and author Chris Riley with higher quality recordings indicates that he did not say "a".

„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 -->

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„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

„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)

„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

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„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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