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authorized biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong. James R. Hansen, who was also a NASA historian, said it was his students at Auburn. unconsciousness and death, Armstrong regained control using a system James R. Hansen, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong () is a fine biography. Neil Armstrong was born on August 5th, in Ohio. Armstrong developed an interest in flying at an early age. His love of airplanes grew when he went for his.


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This Ohio astronaut, who began his career at NASA's Glenn Research Center, later became the first man to walk on the moon. Book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen Book Summary: Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon. In his authorized biography, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” Armstrong revealed to his biographer James R. Hansen the personal memorabilia he took.

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How did he become an astronaut? After graduating from college, Armstrong became a test pilot.

He flew all sorts of experimental planes testing them out to see how well they flew. It was a dangerous job, but very exciting.

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He flew over different types of aircraft during his career. He had to go through a series of harsh physical tests, but he passed and was soon part of the "new nine", or second group of nine NASA astronauts.

The Gemini 8 Armstrong's first trip into space was aboard the Gemini 8. He was the command pilot of the space capsule and piloted the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

The mission was cut short, however, when the capsules began to roll. This would be the first manned landing on the Moon. This was an exciting time for the entire country.

If the flight was successful, Armstrong would be that man. There was one scary moment in the flight where Armstrong had to take over manual control of the landing.

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This was not the plan and, if the landing took too long, would leave the crew short on fuel. The landing was successful and they had around 40 seconds of fuel remaining. Upon landing Armstrong said "Houston, Tranquility Base here.

The Eagle has landed. The historic date was July 21, His famous words upon being the first man on the Moon were "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

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Buzz Aldrin also walked on the Moon during this trip. By James R.

Astronaut autobiographies and memoirs have proliferated since the s. For vicarious astronauts like myself, these books have made for enjoyable reading, notwithstanding the variable quality. In the last decade, writers have started to produce biographies of astronauts, none of them scholarly—until now.

James Hansen's Neil Armstrong biography is smoothly written for a broad audience, but it has a very sound foundation in primary research, interviews, and the secondary literature.

First Man: The Life Of Neil A. Armstrong

Beyond the form of the popular biography, which does not lend itself to extended historiographical discussions, Hansen's only concession to the conventions of trade publishing is the unfortunate use of line citations in the back of the book instead of superscript numbers in the text, a format presumably dictated by the publisher.

As an "authorized" biography, First Man might naturally be regarded with suspicion. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Hansen was free to write the interpretative sections as he wished.

Of course, it helps that Armstrong is a bona fide American hero, without any important skeletons in his closet. Yet Hansen addresses private matters that the very private Armstrong would rather not discuss, such as his young daughter's cancer death in and his divorce from his first wife.

As one reads this book, it becomes apparent that only an authorized biography could have done justice to Armstrong's nonpublic and even his public life. Otherwise, neither the astronaut himself nor his ex-wife and his sister—both very important interviewees—would have been accessible.The Nellis base operations office then decided that to avoid any further problems, it would be best to find the three NASA pilots ground transport back to Edwards.

At one point his plane was hit by enemy fire, but he was able to eject and was safely rescued. Armstrong received numerous awards for his efforts, including the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. At times it is too detailed, notably in its account of Armstrong's navy flight training, where Hansen feels compelled to list every grade in every evaluation, simply because he had the documents.

Tita Bessone. Armstrong was a Purdue engineering graduate with a deep commitment to aerodynamics and control systems, and he became expert in the new area of flight simulation as it was developed at Edwards.

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