Neil Armstrong died from a failed bypass surgery on Aug. 25 at the age of 82. Forty-three years after Armstrong walked on the moon, his accomplishments continue to inspire youth.
“Neil Armstrong is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the moon,” sophomore Neil Weikert said. “He was an amazing astronaut who proved that anything is possible, and inspires me to push past difficult obstacles.”
Armstrong was the commander of Apollo 11, the mission to the moon, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 after his historic achievement.
Armstrong’s career as an astronaut began in 1962, at age 32, when he joined the NASA Astronaut Corps. He completed two missions into space, one in 1962 as Commander Pilot of Gemini 8, and the second as part of the crew of Apollo 11.
Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong attended Purdue University and graduate school at the University of Southern California. During college, he was called up to the United States Navy and became an officer during the Korean War.