Neil A. Armstrong, National Aeronautics & Space Administration. X-15 Pilot No. 7.

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High School Band Officers: M. Hartup, Neil, and K. Brandt.

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Armstrong (upper left) with his VF-51 squadron mates aboard the USS Essex: 1951.

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Wedding of Janet Shearon and Neil Armstrong: 28 Jan. 1956.

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Armstrong in the X-15 cockpit soon after being assigned to the program.

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Armstrong checks out the Q-Ball sensor which is installed on the nose of the X-15.

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Neil Armstrong with Jack McKay.

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Armstrong confers with engineers John McTigue and Elmor Adkins.

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Armstrong exits the suiting van.

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Armstrong heads toward the B-52/X-15 combination to climb aboard the X-15.

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A rear view of the B-52 and mated X-15.

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X-15 No. 3 sits for a portrait following Armstrong's third flight: 3-1-2 on 20 Dec. 1961.

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X-15 No. 3 two days prior to its second flight: 3-2-3 on 17 Jan. 1962.

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Testing on X-15 No. 3 in the NASA hangar prior to its third flight: 3-3-7 on 5 Apr. 1962.

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Armstrong prepares to ingress X-15 No. 1: 1-32-53 on 26 Jul. 1962.

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X-15 No. 1 prepares for launch. A T-38 chase plane is visible below and behind.

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The day after Armstrong's flight 1-32-53, Wanda Capps gives the X-15 wing a lift.

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Armstrong is greeted on the lakebed following either flight 1-18-31 or 3-1-2.

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Gathering around the cockpit immediately after landing.

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Armstrong poses in his pressure suit at the nose of the X-15.

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Drag marks on Delamar Dry Lake after Neil's F-104 incident: 21 May 1962.

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Measurements show how low Neil was when the F-104 gear was released.

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The crew of Gemini 8, Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott, head out to the launch pad.

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After a harrowing mission, Gemini 8 is recovered in the Pacific Ocean: 16 Mar. 1966.

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Neil presents his old boss, Paul Bikle, with a flag flown aboard Gemini 8.

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Paul Bikle's record-setting Schweizer SGS 1-23E at Hollister Airport, Hollister, CA.

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The best known photo of Neil Armstrong on the Moon from Apollo 11: July 1969.

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Neil Armstrong painted by Robert McCall, originally for the Dryden Flight Research Center, now renamed in honor of Neil as the Armstrong Flight Research Center.

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