Who Was Neil Armstrong?
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a ?giant leap for mankind.' This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming an astronaut. Over 100 black-and-white illustrations bring Armstrong's story to life.
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Below is a picture of the launch of the Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. (This annotation contains an image)
Why are there many important people at the launch of Apollo 11?
Chapter 1 - A Boy Who Loved Flying
How does Neil differ from his younger brother Dean?
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Here is a video of Tin Goose airplane. Can you believe it still flies? (This annotation contains a video)
What do the Wright Brothers have in common with Neil Armstrong?
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Neil do in his childhood that reveals his interest in airplanes?
Chapter 2 - Real Planes
Why do you think the Port Koneta airfield was renamed the Wapakoneta Neil Armstrong Airport?
Which of the following is NOT a job Neil worked in order to pay for flying lessons?
Chapter 3 - The Wider World
He got decent grades. What is the BEST definition of decent as it is used in the context of this sentence?
Why does Neil describe his freshman year as "kind of a whirl"? What does he mean?
Why is the term "wings" used to describe a pilot graduating from flight training school?
What do you think Neil will do since he isn't going back to college?
What is the most likely reason the Korean War occurred?
Why do China and the U.S.S.R. (Russia) help North Korea?
A rice paddy is an area of flooded land used for growing semiaquatic rice. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on this detail, what can you infer about Neil Armstrong?
Chapter 4 - Test Pilot
Why does Neil want to work at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert?
Here is an aerial view of Edwards Air Force Base in California. This image shows the new control tower in front with the old control tower in the back. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a diagram of the X-15. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Neil most likely close to his daughter?
What do you think is wrong with Muffie? What evidence from the text supports your answer.
Look at the image of Neil, Jan, and Muffie. How would you describe the look on Neil's face?
Why does the doctor not treat Muffie's cancer?
Chapter 5 - The Space Race
The Space Race is the competition between the Soviet Union and the United States to "rule" space. Watch the video to see who won. (This annotation contains a video)
After reading this page, list the order of plane development beginning with the Wright brother's first plane and ending with rockets.
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of emerged. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for emerged?
Based on details in the text, why do you suppose the Soviet Union and the United States are enemies?
How does the Soviet space program differ from the United States space program?
Here is an image of Laika in the cabin of Sputnik II. (This annotation contains an image)
Here is the Alan Shepard postage stamp. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do Americans give Alan Shepard a "hero's welcome" when he returns from space?
Team is a collective noun. Collective nouns name a group of people, animals, or things. Look at the poster for more examples of collective nouns. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does President Kennedy mention landing a man on the moon in his speech?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of collapse. What is meant by the U.S.S.R. collapse?
Chapter 6 - Astronaut Neil Armstrong
Why is air-conditioning an important luxury to have in Texas?
What do these details reveal about the astronaut families?
How does the "Vomit Comet" get its name?
Watch the video to learn more about weightlessness in space. (This annotation contains a video)
Why was it important for Neil to travel the country and give speeches about the space program?
What adjectives are used to describe the astronauts?
Chapter 7 - First Voyage in Space
The Gemini 8 project was a/an __________ step in the goal to reach the moon.
Here is a picture of the Gemini 8. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Neil worried that NASA may not send him on any more space missions?
In this photo, Neil's son Mark reaches out for his attention after the Gemini 8 spacecraft arrived back home in Houston. Neil's wife, Jan, is holding Mark in her arms. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the most likely reason the three astronauts did not grow close to one another?
Here is the crew of the Apollo 11. (This annotation contains an image)
The bottom part of the landing device would
Do you think the plan will work?
These men were chosen to "shoot for the moon." (This annotation contains an image)
Why does NASA take a two year break from space travel?
Chapter 8 - Next Stop—the Moon
Who is Charles Lindbergh? Why is he considered to be a "special visitor" at the breakfast? (This annotation contains a video)
What will happen to the space shuttle once the beginning of the flight is over?
What is a three-stage rocket engine? (This annotation contains an image)
Pay attention to how the multi-stage engine works. Why is this type engine necessary for reaching the moon?
The third stage engine gets the Apollo
Why do Neil and Buzz get into the landing module, the Eagle?
The Eagle landing module is seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Neil Armstrong have to take over the Eagle?
"The Eagle has landed" is an idiom. The phrase originally used by Neil Armstrong when he landed the Eagle on the moon, is now used to indicate the completion of a "mission objective."
Chapter 9 - Moon Walk
What similarities do you notice between the video and the text?
Watch the video to hear Neil Armstrong's words as he steps onto the moon. (This annotation contains a video)
How can there be both extreme heat and extreme cold on the moon?
What effect does the absence of wind have on the landscape of the moon?
Go on a tour of the moon with NASA to learn more about the surface of the moon. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 10 - Returning Home
There are 24 hours in a day. It took the astronauts 60 hours to get back to Earth. How many days did it take them to get home?
Watch the short video clip of the Apollo's return. What similarities do you see in the video and the image on this page? (This annotation contains a video)
Was it possible for Neil Armstrong to live a quiet, normal life or had he become too famous in America?
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