Photographs You Probably Haven't Seen of Neil ArmstrongAs everybody in the world is mourning the recent loss of the first man to ever step on the moon, it is time to reflect on the life that Neil Armstrong lived.He was an aerospace engineer, a US Navy pilot, a professor, and of course, a moon walker.He passed away on August 25, 2012 at the age of 82.NASA has been releasing photographs of Neil to the public over the last few weeks, here are a few of my favorites.See more awesome photographs of Neil Armstrong here.
(1960) NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong is seen here next to the X-15 ship #1 (56-6670) after a research flight. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 feet long with a wingspan of 22 feet. It was a missile- shaped vehicle with an unusual wedge-shaped vertical tail, thin stubby wings, and unique side fairings that extended along the side of the fuselage.
Astronaut survival training (March 3, 1963) Astronauts participate in tropical survival training at Albrook Air Force Base near the Panama Canal. From left to right are an unidentified trainer, Neil Armstrong, John H. Glenn, Jr., L. Gordon Cooper, and Pete Conrad. Survival training was, and still is, an important exercise for astronauts, as a launch abort or misguided reentry could potentially land them in a remote wilderness area.
Gemini-Titan-8 Training - Water Egress (1965) The Gemini-8 Astronauts David B. Scott and Neil A. Armstrong are suited up for water egress training aboard the NASA Motor Vessell Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico.
Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage photographed from Command Module (July 21, 1969) The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage, with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. aboard, is photographed from the Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit.
Interior view of Mobile Quarantine Facility with Apollo 11 crewmembers (1969) Interior view of a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF), showing the Apollo 11 crewmen soon after they arrived at Ellington Air Force Base after a flight from Hawaii aboard a U.S. Air Force C141 jet transport. Neil Armstrong is strumming on a ukelele. Michael Collins (right foreground) and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (right background) are looking out the window.
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