“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” With that brief sentence, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong secured a place in the annals of history by becoming the first person to set foot on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. On August 25, 2012 this famed space explorer died in Cincinnati, Ohio at age 82, concluding a long and distinguished life marked by numerous accolades.
Following the celebrated mission, Armstrong and his fellow Apollo 11 crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon. In 1978, Armstrong was given the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President Jimmy Carter and received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. During his life, Neil Armstrong was a Naval Aviator in the Korean War, earned college degrees from Purdue University and USC, flew experimental aircraft as a Test Pilot and shortly thereafter became one of the first civilian astronauts. Armstrong also had three children with his first wife Janet.
The lasting impression of Neil Armstrong and his accomplishments is not easily summated. To many, he is the embodiment of an incredible achievement by America and the scientific community in general in reaching that seemingly unattainable goal of walking on the Moon. His name will remain synonymous with this event and space travel in general, and is deserving of every bit of praise received to this date and still to come. One way to honor this incredible story of perseverance in the face of failure and danger is to keep the ambitions of NASA alive and wear an astronaut suit this Halloween or to any other costume event. Here are a few options to help you boldly go into the unknown like this brave and intrepid soul did so many times before: