Neil Armstrong


Neil Armstrong loved the idea of flying as a little boy.  He could never have known then that he would become the first person to set foot on the moon.  On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong made history, with that ‘giant leap for mankind’.

From his childhood playing with model planes, through his war service as a pilot in the Korean War, this great little book tells Neil’s amazing story.  Along the way we learn of the enormous effort made by thousands of people to ensure that Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  A dedicated and brave pilot, Neil was known for staying calm under pressure.  This made him the ideal person to be at the centre of the most ambitious space project yet undertaken in the 1960s.


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Neil Armstrong

Martin Howard, illustrations by Freda Chiu

(Puffin Extraordinary Lives Series)

In 1962 President John F Kennedy announced that America would be the first country to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.  Neil Armstrong at that time was working as a test pilot.  Straight away, Neil applied for the space programme, because he so much wanted to be part of this ambitious project.
Neil dreamed of flying planes from an early age.  After gaining his pilot’s licence, he joined the airforce and flew dangerous missions in the Korean War.  Furthermore, when he joined NASA he quickly became integral to the project to land a man on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the perfect fit . It seems he presented as calm, courageous and intuitive.
This great little biography is packed full of information about Armstrong’s amazing life and achievements. Furthermore, we realise all that was invested in the lunar mission alongside what was required of Neil Armstrong.  The Story of Space,  Blast Off to the Moon! and The Spacesuit offer further information about the lunar mission.


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