Neil Armstrong would probably hate this infographic resume. Why?
There’s a scene at the end of Apollo 11, in which Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins make a TV broadcast.
“We’d like to give a special thanks to all those Americans who built the spacecraft, who did the construction, design, the tests, and put their heart and all their abilities into the crafts,” says Armstrong.
His thanks are well deserved. Back on Earth, the Moon landing was backed by the tireless work of 400,000 men and women. We tend to forget about them — but Neil Armstrong never did. Over the years, he diverted all praise and applause to these unnamed members of the Apollo program at NASA.
Despite that, the Moon landing propelled him into instant stardom. But unlike Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong never embraced it. He firmly believed he didn’t deserve the fame.
What did he do then? While Aldrin enjoyed his time in the spotlight, Armstrong resigned from NASA and moved to a farm in Ohio to get away from it all. Ultimately he stopped granting interviews or making public appearances almost entirely.
That gave him the reputation of being “private, almost to a fault” and “painfully shy.” Some people even thought him to be standoffish, rude, or even ungrateful.
We believe it shows just the opposite. He had the humility of seeing the Moon landing as an accomplishment of many people, not just one man. And we want to celebrate that with our infographic resume of Neil Armstrong.