Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong (HMJPG)

Location: Dayton, OH 45402 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 46.111', W 84° 11.184'

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— (Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration Series #10) —

It suddently struck me that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth...I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
-Neil Armstrong

Another Ohio aviator took the final step in the nation's goal to reach the moon. Neil Armstrong, born and raised in Wapakoneta, commanded Apollo 11 to the moon carrying fellow astronauts "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as the lunar module "Eagle."

In July of 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin set the Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility. There, Armstrong took the "giant leap for mankind," the first step onto the surface of the moon. The ground was powdery and pocked with craters. The scene had a strange color - a warm tan when looking away from the sun, but a darker gray when looking across the sun. Armstrong said it was "a stark and strangely different place, but it looked friendly to me, and it proved to be friendly."

Since the Apollo missions, no one has returned to the moon. Little evidence of the visits remains. Armstrong and Aldrin left a disc with messages from 75 nations, various medals from Soviet cosmonauts, and a symbol of an eagle carrying the olive branch to the lunar surface. The lower part of the Eagle remains, and the American flag waves permanently in the moon's low gravity. Armstrong and Aldrin's footprints, without water or wind to erode them, also remain on the surface of the moon.
Year Placed2003
Placed ByInventing Flight and Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 740994 N 4405852
Decimal Degrees39.76851667, -84.18640000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.111', W 84° 11.184'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 6.66" N, 84° 11' 11.04" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1569 Great Miami River Recreational Trail, Dayton OH 45402, US
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