Neil Armstrong: One Badass Mother Fucker.
August 5, 2009 2:22 PM Subscribe
Neil Armstrong was a test pilot
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before he was an astronaut. He had his pilot's license before he had his driver's license
. But even he had some trouble
getting used to that darned Lunar Excursion Module
While testing the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle
(LLRV), Neil Armstrong was a second and a half from death
, and just walked away. Actually, the guy in that video isn't Neil. That was Deke Slayton
, because apparently NASA didn't care if he
got maimed while testing the first prototype. No. The Neil Armstrong crashes better, faster, and with MORE FIRE! (Reenactment in "From the Earth To the Moon
) Fear not, though, for Neil safely landed the LLRV
a few weeks later for the media.
Upon liftoff of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong was a little surprised
. When it came time to land on the Moon, just over a year after crashing the LLRV, The LEM's guidance system
started giving unforeseen errors. Armstrong ignored the errors, realized that they'd overshot their target landing spot, took matters into his own hands, and found a better, non-bouldered area on which to land.
With 24 seconds of fuel left, he landed the Eagle
on the surface of the moon so softly that the shock absorbers didn't compress (#6
), making his one small step
a much larger step than anticipated.