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Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator and the first person to set foot upon the Moon.
Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962. His first space flight was the NASA Gemini 8 mission in 1966, for which he was the command pilot, becoming one of the first U.S. civilians to fly in space.
He performed the first manned docking of two spacecraft with pilot David Scott. Armstrong's second and last space flight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969.
On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent 2½ hours exploring while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module.
The landing on the surface of the moon occurred at 20:17:39 UTC on July 20, 1969.
When a sensor attached to the legs of the still hovering Lunar Module made lunar contact, a panel light inside the LM lit up and Aldrin called out, "Contact light."
As the LM settled on the surface Aldrin then said, "Okay. Engine stop," and Armstrong said, "Shutdown." The first words Armstrong intentionally spoke to Mission Control and the world from the lunar surface were, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."