It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, was born today in 1930. Armstrong made history in 1969 by becoming the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 spaceflight. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and the Congressional Gold Medal for his pioneering activities in space.