Neil Armstrong: A Life in PhotographsHistorians/History
All photos credited to NASA, unless otherwise noted.
Armstrong cut his teeth flying jets for the Navy before joining NASA, seeing action over Korea in 1951 and 1952. He was assigned to VF-51 onboard the USS Essex, where he flew the F9F-2 Panther. Pictured: F9F-2 Panthers taking off from the Essex sometime in 1951. Credit: U.S. Navy.
After leaving the Navy, Armstrong became a test pilot for NASA's X-15 program, a high-speed, high-altitude rocket plane. He flew a total of seven flights, reaching an altitude of nearly 63 km and a speed of well over 6,000 km/h. Here, he poses with his aircraft on New Year's Day, 1960.
Gemini 8's mission was to rendezvous and dock with an Agena satellite, proving the feasibility of the techniques for future moon flights. Pictured: The Agena satellite.
Liftoff of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969.
The Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle beginning its descent to the surface of the moon.
Earthrise in lunar orbit, July 20, 1969. This phenomenon is not generally visible on the moon's surface.
Aldrin poses with the American flag.
Armstrong after returning to the lunar module.
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