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Neil Armstrong – biography



Neil Armstrong

Educator, military pilot and most importantly the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong was the most famous astronaut of all time. Born on November 5th 1930, in Ohio USA, he was a man with one ambition – space travel. However, he sadly died in August 2012, leaving members of NASA’s hearts in pieces.

Early life

Neil loved transportation, it fascinated him, and this led him to his accomplishment of making it to The Moon. However, a lot more came before hand. As a teenager, at the age of fifteen, he learned to fly aircrafts and soon after was given a pilot license when he was ONLY 16; he could fly before he even learned to drive! WOW! At a young age, after finishing college, his skills were put to the test when he was called to fight in the Korean War due to the fact that, by this time, he was in the American Navy flying over 200 test aircrafts in his career. After that, he finally joined the organisation that was to become NASA.

Family

In 1956, Armstrong was married to a lady, Janet Shearon, and they soon had children. First of all, in 1954 his first son (Mark) was born followed by Eric (1957) and Karen in 1959 – however after a while Karen died of complications with a brain tumour. Without warning, the pair divorced and the astronaut re-married to a nice lady called Carol. Another fact, Neil had two siblings, one of them he used for the name of his son Mark.

 

Trip to the moon

In 1969, on 16th of July, Apollo 11 was launched with Neil in total control. He visited with: Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and the memory of NASA back on Earth. As soon as he arrived, he set foot on the mighty moon and shouted “That’s one small step for man… One giant leap for mankind!” He defied the throttling and rattling of the Columbia and made history. In aid of winning victory of America, he accomplished something that seemed impossible.

At age 82, in August 2012, Neil died. He had a bypass operation in early 2012 when a couple weeks later he died of complications with his surgery. People remember him when they look at the moon seeing as his family released a statement reminding them to give him a wink. Barrack Obama even mentioned (in exact words) “He was one of the greatest American heroes – not just of his time but of all time!” Personally, in my opinion, Neil Armstrong did a thing of great bravery in 1969 and shall be remembered for years on for his determination and talent to soar through alternative galaxies. I will probably remember him when I look at the moon in future!

The Moon landing – Tamzin

“That’s one small step for man… One giant leap for mankind!” announced Neil Armstrong, my Space partner. We both stepped on to the Moon. I couldn’t believe it! Neil and I were the first people to land on the Moon! This was the greatest achievement anyone could ever make! Glancing around, it seemed unbelievable that I, Buzz Aldrin, had actually made it. The first! Ever! After taking in the scenery, Neil and I placed the flag into the rocky terrain. We had done it. Victory for the USA!!! We had won the Space Race! But what happened before this? Well, read on to find out.

16th July 1969

“5, 4, 3, 2…” the 5 numbers rang out in my head. We were eventually taking off! Feeling nauseous, Neil Armstrong received a message from Mission Control, “We wish you a safe journey. Good luck!” Without warning, a plume of smoke and flames appeared.

Then, the rocket (the Eagle) rose from the ground. It was actually happening! After a few minutes, the Eagle started to do 1 ½ orbits around the Earth to check if everything was in order. In addition, I had everything I needed:

My Space suit, my Space boots and the USA flag (in case we did actually make it!) The Earth’s orbit was beautiful! On one half, it was a pretty blue atmosphere, as blue as a sapphire. However, on another half, it was a pitch-black ocean of darkness. After the orbit, it was time. Bring it on!

Shaking with fear, we blasted off into Outer Space. Neil gave me a thumbs-up sign. I smiled back it him weakly. Another thing, I had dozens of questions racing through my mind. Will we get there? What will it be like? Will we win the Space Race? As we shot off into Space, I could see the glistening stars and the bright and colourful planets.  It was nothing like I’d ever seen before; a dark atmosphere with colourful lights. I was simply awestruck! Feeling nervous, I looked at Neil, who as busy steering the rocket.

17th July 1969

It had been a full day of excitement of travelling through Space. I felt very claustrophobic as if I was in a tiny room and I couldn’t get out. Suddenly, Mission Control proudly announced, “You have just entered the Moon’s orbit! You still have a way to go, though. Keep it up!” Bubbling with excitement, I bounced up and down in the back seat and exclaimed to Neil, “Neil, we’re in the Moon’s orbit! We’re nearly there!” My Space partner beamed at me happily. Suddenly, lights and sirens started whirring. “What’s happening?” I asked. Neil looked at me sadly, “We only have 60 seconds of fuel left. We need to find a landing place NOW!” he panicked. Generously, I helped him to search for a landing spot. However, there seemed to be mysterious holes and craters EVERYWHERE! Neil searched everywhere for a place to land. Eventually, we found one with seconds of fuel remaining! If only we didn’t use much fuel! If only we found a place earlier! If only we had a bigger fuel tank then we’d have lots more fuel left for the journey home. In a matter of minutes, we had landed on… THE MOON!

Feeling jubilant, I had un-fastened my seat belt. We stepped onto the Moon…

AND THAT is how it happened. In a lot more detail.

The moon landing – Anais

“One small step for man … One giant leap for mankind!”

I announced calmly. Apprehensively gazing, I slowly dropped my foot out of the Eagle. Proud I watched Buzz Aldrin (my fellow partner) pop out of our transformation with our American Flag ; I remembered my mission therefore I took the stripy flag and smiled. We were the first people there. Ever!

How this began is a much longer story however.

16th July 1969, 13:32pm

“5 , 4 , 3 …!” the numbers yelled in my ears as I thought more about our mission. Shaking nervously, I glanced down towards the bottom of the Eagle and discovered thousands of flames firing out on to the ground leaving an ocean of smoke. Thinking carefully , I knew I had everything I needed : my uniform , my sick bucket , just in case, and my water and food. “Good Luck boys!” shouted mission control ( the men who was giving us lots of attention at the moment) as he patted me on the back. Feeling worried, we stepped slowly in to the space vehicle. Glancing out of the window, I saw lovely, bright stars. Beautiful! What would happen if we were left stranded in space? Why did I sign up for this? What is going to happen?

Gob- smacked, I watched mesmerised, out of the mall window; I saw millions of small green land all around the Earth. Honoured, Buzz and I stared gratefully at the vibrantly coloured planets. Amazed, we circled around the Earth’s side, watching the stars twinkle every mile we moved.

16:16pm

Crying with excitement we had finally left the Earth’s atmosphere and we were heading for the moon. Tired but joyful, I closed my eyes and imagined what the moon would be like and look like. Would it be soft? Would it be hard? I was unsure; suddenly I found myself wrestling with the control panels while the space ship turned, wobbled and spun. Smiling, it finally stopped doing stupid and calmed itself down

(Thanks to me that is). “Are we nearly there yet Armstrong?” asked Aldrin. Feeling adventurous, I turned back to Buzz and replied,” Nearly”.

July 19th , 17:21 pm  

Bitter sweet, I jumped up with glee and sang, “We’re here, finally we’re here!” Sweating, I watched the moon, even though it didn’t really move, as we got closer and closer. Staring at the perfect view in front of us I realised (not long after I saw the moon) we had reached the moon’s orbit.

 

Neil Armstrong ~Diary Entry~

“That’s one small step for man…One giant leap for mankind!” I announced as proud as I could be. Nervously glancing, I watched my fellow astronaut, Buzz, climb out; he watched the moon like a hawk therefore he didn’t fall. Feeling emotional, I remembered my great mission as I placed the USA flag into the moon’s surface. Out of the corner of one eye, I saw the Earth and winning the space race for the USA.

How it came to this is a much bigger story…

16th July 1969 13:32pm

“5,4,3,2…” The numbers rang in my ear as I thought about the mission. Rumbling ferociously, the flames from the bottom of the Columbia like a plant on a growth spurt. Shocked, that I, Neil Armstrong, was one of the first EVER! people to step foot on the moon (that’s if we make it there in time.) Crushed, into my seat I managed to grab my rucksack which included: space food, sick bag, water and a back scratcher. “Good Luck,” boomed a voice in my right ear as mission control wished us luck n our massive mission. Feeling Claustrophobic, I gazed out of the window at the Earth. Beautiful!

Mesmerized, I watched the outstanding view from 3 inches underneath the clouds. Honored, to have seen what U saw I felt really special; no one had ever stepped on the moon till now. After a few minutes, we had already done 1 whole circle of the Earth’s blue and green atmosphere.

16:16pm

Leaving the Earth’s atmosphere, I waved goodbye to me home and hello to the Moon. Feeling stiff, Buzz and I stared gratefully at the Earth, which is getting smaller, as we drifted off into the place many people call the Moon. Unsure, I shouted,”Buzz, how much longer?” He replied,”4 more hours” Looking forward to the adventure ahead, I looked next to me to find Michael Collins writing something down in his journal.

17:21 July 19th

Excited yet nervous, I wrestled with the controls.BOOM! SMASH! I fell into a load of powdered food. Feeling sleepy, I watched the rocket turn round and round the remarkably small planet. Inquisitively, I listened to the engine. Feeling bittersweet, I sleepily watched the starts beautifully sparkle.

18:11

Anxiously, Buzz and I watched out at the spacious area. “How much longer Buzz?” I asked, he replied, “2 hours and 6 minutes” Restlessly, Buzz and I looked as we got closer to the moon and further away from Earth. 1000ft 800ft from the moon. If we don’t make it in time before the fuel runs out we’ll all be dead, if we don’t make it in time we’ll drift off into space, if the Columbia blows up before we make it we won’t make history, then we can’t be remembered.

And then it all comes back to when I said,”One small step for man… one giant leap for mankind”and that is how Buzz, Michael and I made it to space.

 

Brooklyn and the Witches Curse


My name is Brooklyn. I am 13 years old and I live at a castle hidden within a forest called Black Forest. I don’t know how but it just is, I suppose.I used to live with my Mother but sadly she passed away when I was 7 years of age. I live alone now. Actually, I do have maids to clean the house and cook for me. Also, my Dad. He just misses my Mother so is a bit upset.  Anyway, I am telling you a story that I will never forget. For my entire life! Here is the beginning.

It was the best day ever (kind of) me and my Dad were messing around, like back in the old days when Mother was out shopping. She hated it when we did mess around. But today, was good. He was in a good mood. We started playing and cracking jokes but at 12:17 pm on this wonderful day… something awful happened. The sky turned dark grey and a tornado just appeared out of nowhere! It was weirdly INCREDIBLE. Anyway, I got really frightened, my Dad pushed me behind him for protection. Suddenly, a witch appeared from inside of the tornado. She produced a large wand from her cloak and waved it around saying these words. Technically, GOBBLEDEGOOK! I think it was something like this:

“Zing wah Huyicon makh thize people dizzabeare!”

But then, even though no-one understood the language a huge whilrwind came and took away my Dad, the maids and mostly everything. But when she and all victims had gone, everything had remained and eerie shade of black.

 

Mystery of Heather Hall – Part 13

Dear Diary,

This is it, ‘Mother’ has told me the truth, but I just can’t believe it. I’ve never fitted in to be a girl who lives with wealth and fame. It isn’t me… or is it? I just can’t do it… write it in my diary, I think I better explain soon. I think she had better She should be sorry. Very sorry that I found out.

From Daisy

“I know, I know, I can’t say this. It is very hard.” ‘Mother’ explained.
“Just tell me!” I yelled. I sat down in the uncomfortable cage, waiting for an answer.

“I am… I mean we are not your real parents. My name is… Isabella. I was the youngest of my Mother’s daughters. She had 5 of us. I ran away when I was 18 and met your not-so-real Father when I was 26. That was it,” she confessed. I was fuming. When was she going to tell me about the whole me situation? About why I was here at this particular moment.

“I stole you from a cottage deep within the woods. I couldn’t bear it. You were crying and you wouldn’t stop, I tried to calm you but then your Mother came down and I wasn’t thinking-” she burst into hysterical tears. I felt a bit sorry for her. But mostly, I was angry.

“What else is there to this ‘story’?” I said.

“I picked you up and ran back to our cosy Hall. Heather Hall. It was my Grandmother’s. It has been in our family for generations. I wanted you to carry it out for another. I raised you as if you were actually my own. You smiled at your Father at 7 weeks old. Your first word was ‘Hello’ But then, it started to get awkward. You made friends with them 2 girls. Your attitude changed. I haven’t told you this story until now. That is all there is to it,” continued Isabella. I was literally as boiling as a lava bucket. I was SO ANNOYED at Isabella. I couldn’t believe it.

 

Mystery of Heather Hall – Part 12


“Help me Bubbles!!” I cried out. Darkwood had me by the leg. His grip was like steel, not letting go. I started wriggling to get out of his grasp. Laughing, he pulled me out of the portal, and away from Bubbles. Swiftly, Darkwood led me to his ugly, grey mansion (of terror). My Mother was still trapped in a cage. “Oh Mother. I tried to escape. But I failed. Only Bubbles left.” I cried. Mother sadly just looked at me and sighed. “I’ve always thought you of your real parents… oh no!” Mother stopped and looked guilty. “Mother… what real parents. You and Father are my real parents.” Slowly, my eyes filled with tears, and they slid down my face. “What happened, Mother? Can’t you tell me the truth this time? I have always thought you as my real parents… but you’re not…?” I whispered. I hid my face beneath my long hair and cried. “What HAPPENED, Mother. Or should I even call you that?” I mumbled, furiously. With a big sigh, ‘Mother’ opened her mouth and prepared to tell me… the truth

The Green Monster ~100WC~

Dear Diary,

So today hasn’t been the best day ever my adventure to try and catch the gigantic green monster (which failed badly).

So I was on my way to the deep dark cave in the deep dark depths of wood of North Decoder, trying to catch the ginormous horrible terrain destroyer GREEN MONSTER!!!! I ran through a ditch on my way to the home of the revolting mess (also referred to as the big bad beast). As I ran towards the end of the wood I slipped next to a pipe luckily I didn’t hit my head. Carefully, I swam toward a massive piece of land, where I found a horse therefore I hijacked it and galloped away to another place far away….

The Mysterious Few Days- Part 3- 100WC

However, No! I wasn’t going to cry, I was going to fight this terrible beast so that he would pay! Therefore, i was a beast who had chopped off a full monster and there was a full stream of blood coming out everywhere.
Feeling Ravenous, I apprehensively roamed throught the woods looking for some good food. Eventually i found a bin which was full of some rotten food.Thankfully, there was some sweets left over and i found myself putting my hand down it and looked at the left over sweets.I opened them up and scoffed them up into my mouth like a person, who had just came out of prison.I miraculously felt a tinkle in my belly,and slowly i felt myself disintergrating into little peices.

But it said”sweet” on the wrapper as i took my last breath…

Greek cinquain

 

Zeus

bold,immortal,

fighting,killing,throwing

Leader of all gods,

defender

Hades

leader,protector

killing,willing,leading

most undead of all,

dead guy

Posiden

wet,tamer’

taming,speeding,swimming,

lord of the sea,

wet guy

Sparta

killers,fighters

fighting,killing,vanquishing

killer of all people,

City

Greek cinquains.

Ares

Fierce, courageous,

menacing, fighting, killing

heart of stone

war

Olympics

popular,great temple,

biting, pouring,boxing

hard and deathly

sport

Zeus

courage, proud

helping,lightning,killing

his lightning bolt

king

food

delicious, divine,

rumbling, eating,nibbling

delicious foods and drinks

Devine

 

Greek Cinquains

Spata

 

brutal,boladthirty,

killing,bleeding,dieing

lots of people dieing

City

Athens

calm,quite 

Loving,shearing,clearing,

everyone has their say.

city

Zeus

strong,bold,

fighting,saving,killing,

the gods of all gods.

King

Mosaics 

old,painted

haning,creating,exiting,

they are hand made.

coulful

Greek cinquain.

Athena

Strong, powerful

Helping,caring, amazing

Helps battle any enemies

Goddess.

Zeus

bold, powerful

encourging, bossing, caring

bosses all of the gods

leader.

Olympics

dangerous, exciting

running, jumping, tempting

always open to everyone

games.

Athens

huge, busy

amazing, exciting, working

one of the best places

city.

Greek cinquains

Zeus

Strong,Fierce 

Ruling , Fighting, Standing

Taking care of other Gods 

Ruler

 

Posiedon 

Fighter, Immortal

Killing , Helping , Attacking

The king of all waters

God

Olympics

Enthusiastic , Dangerous

Exiting, Competeting, Racing

Gods started this Event

Games

Aphrodite 

Helper, Carer

Loving , Caring , Friendly

Helps to finds love

Match- Maker 

Greek Cinquain

Hera 

Leader, Royal

Helping, Loving, Caring

Helps the pregnant women,

Queen

Weapons

Scary, Sharp

Bloody, killing, stabbing

a killing people machine

Lethal

Zeus

Fierce, strong

Leading, telling, fighting

Fights off the bad

master

Sparta

Fighters, battlers

killing, training, wrestling

Ready for war always

Slayers

Greek Cinquains

Artemis

Beutiful,helpful,

Caring, Loving, Sharing,

Loves to hang out,

       Goddess

Zeus

Powerful,great,

Demanding,amusing,inspiring,

The ruler of all of the Gods,

God

Athens

Capital,hard-working,

Working,helping,filling,

Has powerful men in Athens,

City

Sparta

Famous,good,

Fighting,running,trying,

Worked for the rich,

Citizens

Greek Cinquains!

Poseidon

Ruler, tamer,

controling, swimming, ruling

tamer of wild seas.

Neptune

Athens

Strict, cruel,

educating, growing, working,

The capital city of Greece,

City

Zeus

Powerful, brave,

caring, fighting, ruling,

God of all Gods,

King

cinquain poems

Aphrodite

kind, protective

loving,sharing, helping

protecting sailors of the night

Godess

Athena

beutiful greek

caring enchanting standing

immortal watching over Athens

Tamer

Zeus

bold strong

leading fighting ruling

leathal as he battles

beast

olympics

sweat blood

running jumping heart raising

racing for a prize

battle

Cinquains

Olympics

Popular, dangerous

Running, wrestling, leaping

Not a rule for anyone

Event

Aphrodite

Friendly, thoughtful

Enchanting, saving, dreaming

Whatever is most desired

Enchantress

Athenians

Fighters, citizens

Believing, dreaming, fighting

Battlers towards all Spartans

Democrats

Zeus

Powerful, cheater

Leading, lightening, fighting

braves the beasts of myths

King

Greek cinquains

Apollo

Musical, brave

fighting, serenading, running

playing beautiful music for people

God

zeus 

powerful, strong 

fighting, ruling, astonishing

takes care of everyone

Lord

Olympics

dangerous, fun

exiting, winning, losing

an amazing event for everyone

Event

Athens

busy, special, 

forfilling, pushing, working 

everyone wants to come 

city

Greek cinquains.

Artimes

Strong, focused

Energizing, helping, caring

Enemies dead in one strike.

Goddess

Zeus

Powerful, determined

Ruling, killing, leading

God of all Gods

King

Olympics

Important, deadly

killing, competing, ruling

Know rules at all

Events.

Greek Cinquains

Artemis

helpful, kind

Understanding, fighting, helping

Helping women with childbirth

Fighter

Zeus

Powerful, ruler

Ruling, fighting, striking,

Mostly sending out thunder

Ruler

Olympics

Fun, sports

Wrestling, punching, running

Having no rules at all

Events

Athens

Educate, cruel

Educating, working, growing

Educating children for weeks

City

 

Greek Cinquains

Aphrodite

lovely,kind

caring,loving,helping

breaking hearts of stone

Goddess

Zeus

wise,strong

leading,encouraging,ruling

King of the Thunder

King

Hera 

beautiful,immortal

draming loving aiding

Queen of the Starry Heavens

Heroine

Sparta

dangerous,prepared

fighting,killing,daunting

arch nemesis of Athensd

City

Greek Cinquains

Zeus

Powerful, strong

Leading,engrouging, ruling

Throwing Thunder bolts

God

Sparta

Rich, fighters

Fighting, dying, bleeding 

Always fighting enemies Athens

Fighters

Olympics

Dangerous, popular

Running, jumping, winning

Challenging

Apollo

Twin, God

Caring, inventing, winning

The God of light

Champion