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Neil Armstrong timeline

The Neil Armstrong timeline marks major milestones and events in the life and career of the famous astronaut.

Aug 5, 2017

6 min read

Updated on August 2, 2022

Born on August 5, 1930, Neil Armstrong will forever be remembered – maybe despite his wishes – as the first human being to walk on the moon. A humble, private person, the iconic figure was described by his close ones as a “reluctant American hero” who believed he was just doing his job. While he was proud of the role he played in the moon landing, Neil did not want it turned into a circus performance or used for commercial purposes, so he avoided publicity as much as possible.

To commemorate the iconic figure, we have created a timeline for Neil Armstrong, accompanied by a list of frequently asked questions about him and space travel in general. The Neil Armstrong timeline marks major milestones and events in the life and career of the astronaut. Despite being renowned for his voyage to the moon, Armstrong’s original career choice didn’t involve spaceflight. According to his own words, in his youth, all his aspirations were related to flying planes. He took his first plane ride at the age of 6 and earned his flight certificate at 16, even before getting his driver’s license.

Timeline for Neil Armstrong

The story of an astronaut: a timeline for Neil Armstrong

  • 1930, August 5: Neil Armstrong is born
  • 1936: First plane ride
  • 1947: Goes to college (Purdue University)
  • 1949: Goes to war
  • 1955: Graduates from college
  • 1955: Joins NASA
  • 1956: Marries Janet Shearon
  • 1957: Neil Armstrong’s son is born
  • 1959: Daughter is born
  • 1962: His daughter, Karen, dies of DIPG, a rare, fast-growing brain tumor. This tragic event on Neil Armstrong’s timeline will stay with him for the rest of his life. According to the biography written by Jay Barbree, Karen never left her father’s thoughts, and her memory fueled him in space.
  • 1962: Neil enters the space program
  • 1966: Armstrong’s first flight in space
  • 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the moon
  • 1971: Leaves NASA to start teaching at UC
  • 1982: Becomes chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation
  • 1986: Investigates the Challenger mission
  • 1994: Divorces Janet
  • 1994: Marries Carol Held Knight
  • 1999: Receives the Langley Medal for outstanding contributions to astronautics and aeronautics
  • 2006: Gives rare TV interview
  • 2010: Speaks out against cuts to the space program
  • 2012, August 25: Dies at age 82 because of complications resulting from heart surgery

Frequently asked questions about Neil Armstrong’s life

If, after reading the Neil Armstrong timeline, you’re curious to learn more details about the “reluctant American hero”, have a look at the commonly asked questions below for more interesting facts:

About the Neil Armstrong timeline

Our timeline for Neil Armstrong was created using the Office Timeline PowerPoint add-in and can be copied, edited and reproduced for private or public use. To create similar visuals fast, we recommend using the free trial of Office Timeline of the add-in, which comes with powerful customization and productivity features to help you build stunning timelines and roadmaps effortlessly.

Eddy is Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer for Office Timeline, building a user-friendly but powerful app that makes timelines, Gantt charts and roadmaps directly in PowerPoint.

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