Neil Armstrong

Neil ArmstrongNeil Armstrong (1930 – 2012) is known all over the world as the first person to walk on the Moon!

As a boy, Armstrong was a keen Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was always fascinated with flying, and earned his pilot's licence at only 16 - before he earned his driver's licence. Not many boys can fly before they can drive! He joined the US Navy as a pilot, serving in the Korean War. When he left the navy he became an experimental research test pilot - a dangerous job - and logged over 900 test flights and 2400 flying hours. In 1962 he joined the NASA Astronaut Corps and he first flew into space in 1966 on the Gemini 8.

In 1969 he was mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing. He and his fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, left their spaceshift to walk on the surface of the moon and explored for over two hours, leaving a third astronaut, Michael Collins, to look after the ship. Armstrong and Aldrin collected samples to bring back down to Earth, and took photos of the lunar surface.

Neil Armstrong on the moon
Neil Armstrong walking on the surface of the moon!

After Apollo 11, Armstrong started another career as a university professor of Aerospace Engineering. He also helped NASA with two space accident investigations, and became a spokesman for several businesses.

Over his career, Neil Armstrong flew over 200 different types of aircraft - but of course he will always be remembered as an astronaut and for his lunar landing. He received many medals for his extraordinary journey.

Apollo 11 Astronauts
Neil Armstrong on the left, Michael Collins in the middle and Buzz Aldrin on the right.

Fun Facts: When they returned from the moon, the three astronauts were put into quarantine for three weeks. Who knows what bugs they might have picked up!

"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Neil Armstrong

Learn to Draw Neil Armstrong

Learn to Draw Neil Armstrong

Follow our step by step, printable tutorial to learn how to draw your own picture of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon!

Moon Landing Colouring Page

Moon Landing Colouring Page

This lovely, detailed colouring page for older children shows the moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking man's first steps on the moon. We have two versions available: the full size version should be printed with borderless settings.

Moon Landing Newspaper

Moon Landing Newspaper

Imagine that you were writing about that most exciting event of the 1960s - the Moon Landing - for the village newspaper. What would you write? Choose from two versions of our printable below.

Moon Landing Story Paper

Moon Landing Story Paper

Write about man's first steps on the moon with the story paper, then colour in our picture. Choose from our lined or handwriting versions.

Neil Armstrong Booklet

Neil Armstrong Booklet

Print and fold this useful little booklet (lined or blank) to record what you learn about Neil Armstrong. You can find our folding instructions here.

Neil Armstrong Colouring Page

Neil Armstrong Colouring Page

Have a go at this colouring page of Neil Armstrong. He has just placed the American flag on the moon, as he was the first person to walk there!

Neil Armstrong Copywork

Neil Armstrong Copywork

Possible one of the most famous quotes of the 20th Century, Neil Armstrong's words as he stepped onto the surface of the moon still send shivers down many a spine! Use this copywork page as part of a space theme, when studying the moon landing, or just for handwriting practice.

Neil Armstrong Notebooking Page

Neil Armstrong Notebooking Page

This notebooking page for Neil Armstrong is a great way to record the facts you learn. Choose from the fully-lined version of our second page which leaves you space to draw diagrams and pictures; maybe his space ship, or the view of earth from the moon!

Neil Armstrong Poster

Neil Armstrong Poster

If you are interested in space or adventurers you need this poster on your wall! Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Wow, what an adventure it must have been!

Neil Armstrong Quote Poster

Neil Armstrong Quote Poster

"This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Anyone who was around in the late 1960s will always remember those words, spoken by Neil Armstrong as man walked on the moon's surface for the first time.

Neil Armstrong Story Paper

Neil Armstrong Story Paper

This is Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Use this paper to write a story, poem, or ideas inspired by him and his amazing adventure in space.

Neil Armstrong Worksheet

Neil Armstrong Worksheet

Use this worksheet to record everything you know (or find out) about Neil Armstrong. I bet he would have some interesting things to tell you!

Neil Armstrong Writing Page

Neil Armstrong Writing Page

Can you imagine what it was like being Neil Armstrong and the first man to walk on the moon? Write down all your thoughts, ideas and research on this writing page.

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