|Astronaut Neil Armstrong began his career as a navy cadet at Purdue University. He was called to active duty during the Korean War, during which he flew 78 combat missions. In 1961, he joined the astronaut program, and by 1966 was commander of Gemini VIII. Three years later, as commander of the Apollo XI mission, Armstrong became the first person to step on the moon. Following his retirement from NASA, Armstrong joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati.
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