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Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio and served in the Korean War as a jet fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy. He attended Purdue University, where he was a member of a fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. Armstrong then became a civilian test pilot for NASA and piloted the 4,000 mi/h (6,400 km/h) X-15 rocket plane. Armstrong was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1962.
In 1969, Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.
He narrowly escaped death during training in a crash of the lunar landing training vehicle (LLTV). During the actual mission, he took manual control of the Lunar Module (LM) Eagle and piloted it away from a rocky area to a safe landing. His first words from the Moon were, "Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed." Several hours later he climbed out of the LM and became the first person to walk on the Moon, and the first man to flub a scripted line on the moon, with the words,
- "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." (He had intended to say "That\'s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.")
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See also explorers.