Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an astronaut. He was a 1947 graduate of Blume High School, in Wapakoneta, OH, where he participated in school council, Hi-Y, and band as well as acting in the junior class play. Armstrong had been interested in aviation since childhood and learned to fly before getting his driver’s license, taking his first solo flight at age 16. After a stint in the Navy, during which he flew 78 missions in the Korean War, Armstrong became an experimental research test pilot. In 1962, he joined the NASA Astronaut Corps. He became the first civilian astronaut to fly in space four years later, as command pilot of Gemini 8. In 1969, Armstrong became famous around the world as commander of Apollo 11, the first spacecraft in history to bring humans to the moon’s surface. As 450 million people around the world listened in, he took his historic first step with the words “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Among many other awards, Armstrong was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Both an asteroid and a lunar crater are named in his honor.