Neil Armstrong - A Tribute to a true hero & engineer.

Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930.
He began his NASA career in Ohio.

After serving as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1955. His first assignment was with the NACA Lewis Research Center (now NASA Glenn) in Cleveland. Over the next 17 years, he was an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator for NACA and its successor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
As a research pilot at NASA's Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known, 4000-mph X-15. He has flown over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders.
Armstrong transferred to astronaut status in 1962. He was assigned as command pilot for the Gemini 8 mission. Gemini 8 was launched on March 16, 1966, and Armstrong performed the first s…

Astronaut Mike Massimino Meeting With Crew of Apollo 11.

Most of his starry-eyed generation would remain earthbound, trapped and discouraged by the transience of the Apollo era, which fizzled out with the last human landing in 1972. But Massimino managed to persevere, pursuing his Apollo-inspired dream through decades of deliberate preparation and multiple setbacks, ultimately joining NASA’s astronaut corps in 1996.

Not all, however, were as fortunate as Massimino, who managed to befriend many of the Apollo astronauts during his NASA career. When he finally lifted off, riding space shuttles skyward in 2002 and in 2009 to service the Hubble Space Telescope, he carried their lessons with him. Returning to Earth, he built on their inspirational legacy, using his own spaceflight experience to become a celebrated popularizes of space science and exploration.

You were six years old when Apollo 11 launched and landed on the moon. What do you remember from the mission?
Apollo 11 was one of the first news events that I remember occurring, when I be…

The 1969 Moon Landing Was Almost a Disaster.

If you were around in 1959, and told your friends that 10 years from now, we'll be
sending men to the moon and bringing them back safely to earth, you would have
been laughed at, ridiculed and probably told to see a psychiatrist.

This was considered a fantasy at the time, not too different than saying that in 2029 we're
going to visit Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun. Yet on July 20th
1969, that's what happened. Neil Armstrong took Man's first step on the moon on
that day.

A thousand years from now, when historians look back on the history of
mankind, Neil Armstrong's name will likely still be remembered. The moon
landing is perhaps man's greatest technological accomplishment, ever in the
history of human civilization. The 50-year anniversary of this momentous
event is in 2019. and we should celebrate. This is not just a celebration for the
United States, the flag of which these three men represented, but the entire
world because that landing repre…

Nasa's Gateway to Space.

They were seen on the most significant missions like Apollo, Skylab and the
Space Shuttle. They've been used for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy and they'll be there
on the upcoming SLS missions but they're hardly ever talked about and without
them who simply wouldn't be able to get the rockets off the ground, what are they?

They were the gateway to the moon and the starting point for every space
shuttle mission. NASA launch pads 39A and 39B so what do these massive feats of
engineering do and just how important are they.

NASA has over 40 launch pads in various locations from the US mainland to the
Pacific. Their position chosen to best get the spacecraft to the correct orbit
and to be safely away from population centers. Cape Canaveral in Florida is
better for launching spacecraft requiring a west-east orbit and others
like Vandenberg in California are preferred for spacecraft requiring a
north/south orbit.

But wherever they are the launch pads themselves are vitally