Neil Alden Armstrong was a renowned American astronaut, aerospace engineer, test pilot, naval aviator and professor, besides being the first person to walk on the Moon. He worked with the ‘U.S Navy’ and the ‘National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’, before joining the ‘NASA Astronaut Corps’ in 1962. He is remembered for his work with NASA and as the commander of the Apollo 11 flight to moon. Armstrong spent around 150 minutes outside his aircraft during that voyage and needless to say, that remains his greatest legacy in spite of the fact that he had achieved a lot in his life besides that. Following the Apollo flight, Armstrong became a professor and also voiced the character of Dr Jack Morrow and hosted an aviation history documentary titled, ‘First Flights With Neil Armstrong’. Here is a compilation of comments and thoughts that he expressed from landing on the Moon, space travel, life and dreams. Following are the famous quotes and thoughts by Neil Armstrong, the distinguished astronaut and American hero.
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
NASA has been one of the most successful public investments in motivating students to do well and achieve all they can achieve. It's sad that we are turning the programme in a direction where it will reduce the amount of motivation and stimulation it provides to young people.
I'm substantially concerned about the policy directions of the space agency. We have a situation in the U.S. where the White House and Congress are at odds over what the future direction should be. They're sort of playing a game and NASA is the shuttlecock that they're hitting back and forth.
All in all, for someone who was immersed in, fascinated by, and dedicated to flight, I was disappointed by the wrinkle in history that had brought me along one generation late. I had missed all the great times and adventures in flight.