National Geographic : 1969 Dec
Aglow with triumph, the lunanauts greet the world from the quarantine trailer on Hornet. They wear the NASA insignia and an Apollo 11 emblem depicting an eagle bearing an olive branch-symbol Armstrong Born at Wapakoneta, Ohio, in 1930 (the same year as his crew mates), Neil Al den Armstrong already gazed skyward at 6, when he persuaded his father to take him for an airplane ride. On his 16th birthday he fulfilled a dream by winning his pilot's license. A Navy pilot in the Korean war, Armstrong flew 78 combat missions. Graduating from Purdue as an aeronautical engineer, he soon was test-flying NASA's rocket-driven X-15. As the first civilian astronaut, he coolly piloted Gemini 8 to safety after a runaway thruster threatened disaster. 786 Collins The nomadic life of his career Army father molded Col. Michael Collins's youth-his early years in Rome, then Oklahoma, New York, Maryland, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D. C. There, as a popular and noticeably easygoing prep-schooler, he won his best marks in mathe matics and captained the wrestling team. Graduating from West Point, Collins became an Air Force test pilot. Finally he found his ultimate challenge in the space program. Flying with Gem ini 10, he twice walked in space, at one point tum bling out of control for a horrifying moment.