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Neil Armstrong



Neil Armstrong
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     challenging words:    orbiter, malfunction, contamination, civilian, leadership, dedication, command, chairman, exploration, regain, module, gathering, sixteenth, engineer, administrator, position
     content words:    Neil Armstrong, Neil Alden Armstrong, Aeronautical Engineering, Korean War, Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratories, When NASA, Gemini VIII, Pacific Ocean, On July, Buzz Aldrin


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Neil Armstrong
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Have you ever looked up at the moon and wondered what it would be like to go there? Following your dreams can take you many places. Neil Armstrong dreamed of flying, and he eventually landed on the moon.
 
2     Neil Alden Armstrong was born on his grandparents' farm in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. After taking his first airplane ride when he was six, he became very interested in flying. When he was fifteen, he worked odd jobs to pay for flying lessons. He got his pilot's license on his sixteenth birthday, before he had even learned to drive a car.
 
3     After graduation from high school in 1947, Neil received a scholarship from the U.S. Navy to study Aeronautical Engineering. His studies were interrupted in 1949, when the Navy called him to fight in the Korean War. Neil flew 78 combat missions in the war and was shot down once. He received three medals for his service, but it was four years before he was able to return to his college studies.

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