The Armstrong Tapes (with photos)

Neil Armstrong – a naval aviator, test pilot, professor and aeronautical engineer is best known for saying those famous words as he took the first steps on the moon in 1969.

With the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing this month comes The Armstrong Tapes: a one hour documentary providing a both a personal and in-depth looking beyond the astronaut at the man who was first to set foot on the moon.

Neil Armstrong shortly before the Apollo 11 mission in July of 1969. (NASA)

With interviews with Armstrong’s friends, family and only authorised biographer alongside archival audio tapes of interviews with Armstrong himself, prepare for an intimate look at one of the world’s most iconic pioneers.

Keeping a low profile and described at a “reluctant American hero” by his family, The Armstrong Tapes provides a look behind the curtain at Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Although a private person, Armstrong’s legacy is etched in to the worlds history for generations to come.

Do you remember Armstrong declaring those famous words?

The Armstrong Tapes, National Geographic Tuesday 16th July, 9.30pm

Neil Armstrong (R) holding his daughter, Karen, with his wife Janet, son Rick and grandmother in March 1961. (June Hoffman)

Neil Armstrong in his Naval uniform in the early 1950s. (June Hoffman)

Neil Armstrong, fall of 1962. (NASA)

Astronaut, Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander inside the Lunar Module LM as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of the Extravehicular Activities EVA. (NASA)

Biographer, James R. Hansen, beside a statue of Neil Armstrong at Purdue University. (James R. Hansen)

Neil Armstrong in his home in the early 2000s. (Carol Armstrong)

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