Why was Neil Armstrong withdrawn

Space travel: Neil Armstrong made a dream come true for mankind

Washington. He was the first person on the moon. In 1969, Neil Armstrong set his left foot in the desert-like landscape of the moon and made history. Now the US astronaut has died at the age of 82.

He fulfilled a dream for himself and for humanity. Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. His quote made history: "It's a small step for a human being, but a giant leap for humanity." Now the astronaut who stepped on the lunar surface is dead. According to US East Coast Time on July 20, 1969, because of the time difference, the lunar walk for Europeans took place in the early morning hours of July 21, 1969. Armstrong died on Saturday, according to his family, of complications from heart surgery.

Quick retreat from the public
Armstrong lived a secluded life. Shortly after the historic moon landing, he withdrew more and more from the public. On his 80th birthday two years ago, however, he let it be known that his heart was still beating for space travel. When President Barack Obama announced his departure from a new NASA lunar program, the space legend refused to remain silent. Armstrong issued an open letter warning against a "relapse of the US into second class" in space exploration. At 80 he was still a man full of visions.

Neil Alden Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He experienced his first flight at the age of six. By the age of 16, he was more likely to have a pilot's license in his pocket than a driver's license. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in aerospace engineering. He later became a naval aviator. In the Korean War he flew 78 combat missions.

It was not until his third attempt in September 1962 that he was presented to the public as a future space traveler for the US space agency NASA. Armstrong made his first space flight on March 12, 1966 as commander of the US space shuttle "Gemini 9".

Historical recordings and moon rocks
Three years later, a dream came true: the US astronaut led the "Apollo 11" lunar landing mission and also steered the small lunar module "Eagle". Together with astronaut Edwin Aldrin, he collected lunar rocks for more than two hours and made historical recordings.

After leaving NASA, Armstrong taught from 1971 to 1979 as a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio). Armstrong increasingly shied away from the public.

There were hardly any TV appearances, for example. And for years he refused to give autographs - after finding out how much money was being made with it and other Armstrong memorabilia. His long-time hairdresser also felt his displeasure when he sold a strand of his prominent customer's hair: He had to donate the proceeds to a good cause.