Remembering Neil Armstrong

A look back at the first man who walked on the Moon.
3:00 | 08/25/12

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Reform all have a program -- I have -- program. Almost a quarter million miles away the -- could much closer summer night because -- Diehl Armstrong's famous for stick. But -- 39 years old white -- Armstrong spent two hours 21 minutes walk -- -- Taking pictures of the screw that Buzz Aldrin raising the American -- stretching America's imagination. So many parents watching we -- children. We don't have become a -- -- -- put -- -- America. Big payment -- may have -- With Americans divided at the time over the Vietnam War the moon landing. At least for one night the beleaguered country together it was an American goal net. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I think because the challenges and then we're willing to examine. -- we aren't willing to postpone. And one we intend to win. It turns out it was sheer happenstance that meet Armstrong the first man on the moon NASA's Apollo crews worked in rotation. -- Armstrong who was assigned to Apollo eleven. He was a quiet reserved man born in small town Ohio. Fascinated with flying from his teens he joined the navy after college flying dozens of combat missions during the Korean War. He then flew experimental planes for NASA becoming an astronaut in 1962. Before Apollo eleven he'd been in space once 1966. As commander. Co pilot David Scott the mission was cut short broken posters sent them tumbling out of control. The -- blocked by Armstrong and Aldrin was the most watched television broadcasting history to that point one out of every six people on earth. We're watching. Later learned Armstrong thought that landing on the moon not walking on -- more challenging. -- -- -- -- -- Shooting over the lunar surface looking for a smooth placed a touchdown. Mission control had warned him -- list -- 32 to fuel remaining and -- and made it. -- And all these days here. These people -- It was a singular moment for this country national pride soaring when they came home greeted by crowds across America and -- 29 other countries. After that Armstrong tried to return to a private like teaching at the University of Cincinnati serving and corporate boards living on a farm in Ohio. It making -- speeches to urge that exploration. Go on. There are great ideas undiscovered. Breakthroughs available to those who can remove went -- truths protective layers. -- places to go beyond -- Neil Armstrong had said he did not want solely to be an icon but he could never skate this place in history and where he made history. On the moon.

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