Neil Armstrong: Engineer, Pilot, Astronaut, Teacher; the Neil Armstrong Commemorative Website

Neil Armstrong at UC

Neil Armstrong teaching at the UC College of Engineering, in 1974

Did you know that Neil Armstrong was a professor at the University of Cincinnati after being the first man to walk on the moon?

To further preserve Armstrong’s accomplishments and specifically celebrate his years from 1971-1979 as a professor and researcher in aerospace engineering at the university, the UC Libraries created a dynamic commemorative website.

Photographs, personal remembrances and multimedia from NASA and his students alike, give a much broader perspective on his lifetime achievements and personal insight into who he was as an engineer, pilot, astronaut and teacher.

“We hope that the website will serve both as a tribute to the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong as well as a place for learning and inspiration for students, scholars and anyone interested in the life and career of Mr. Armstrong,” said Xuemao Wang, UC Libraries dean and university librarian as well as chair of the Neil Armstrong Commemorative Task Force. “Mr. Armstrong was a true American hero and remains an inspiration.”

Visit to explore the commemorative website.  Follow an interactive timeline of Neil Armstrong’s life and career. Explore 3D-like images that can be rotated or enlarged, and discover more documents, correspondence and photographs available to view online in the digital collection.

The new website is part of a university-wide commemoration of Neil Armstrong and a larger effort to promote space-based research. The university announced the vision for a Neil Armstrong Space Science Institute and an important research partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center.  In addition, a new award and scholarship were created in Neil Armstrong’s honor. An exhibit titled “Neil Armstrong: The Life and Flight of a Reluctant Hero,” designed by the UC Architect’s office, runs through Nov. 27 in UC’s Philip M. Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery in the Steger Student Life Center.  For more information about these initiatives, see

Information about the contributors to the website and digital collection can be found here.


Lunar map showing landing site for Apollo 8 flight, 1968


Armstrong’s Aviators Flight Log Book, from 1949