by Eowyn Langholf
Today's AJ Cousin Connection is Neil Armstrong, astronaut and first man to walk on the moon!
Born August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil died two years ago today, August 25 at the age of 82.
Some fun facts about Neil:
1. In high school, Neil took up the baritone
horn (kind of a cross between the trumpet and trombone). He
liked the instrument’s distinctive tone. He performed not only in his school orchestra but was also in a combo, the Mississippi Moonshiners
2. On his NASA application, Armstrong marked “no religious preference”. According to Hansen’s book, however, Armstrong
actually considered himself a deist, a person whose faith in God is based on reason rather than religious revelation or the teachings of a particular church. Thomas Jefferson was also a deist.
3. What Neil said on the moon is different than what the world thought it heard. What he actually said was “One small step for a man,” which makes a lot more sense. In 2006, an Australian researcher analyzed the recording and discovered that due to limitations of communication technology at
the time, a few milliseconds of what the astronaut said had been
he was 10 years old, Neil was paid $1 to mow the cemetery in
Wapakoneta, Ohio, the small town where he was born. One of many odd jobs Armstrong had around
town, he eventually earned enough money to pay for $9-per-hour
flying lessons. Neil loved flying so much he had a pilot's license before his driver's license!
5. Neil was a test pilot. He
could fly over 200 different types of aircraft from the dangerous
rocket plane the X-15—which could reach a top speed of 4,000 miles per
hour (!!!)—to gliders, which he called sailplanes.
“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy
engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam
tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and
propelled by compressible flow.”- Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong and A.J. Jacobs have 32 degrees of separation. Here's what that looks like:
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