All branches will be closed Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, December 26. We wish you a happy & safe holiday!

Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

Born August 5, 1930, Neil Armstrong has been an aviator, test pilot, and university professor. And, on July 21, 1969, he became the first man to walk on the moon. In the days before the Internet or cable television, people around the world gathered around their sets to watch history being made.

The race to the moon was won. Just a few years after the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong resigned from NASA and took on a teaching position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He would later serve on committees investigating the Apollo 13 and Challenger accidents.

Read more about Neil Armstrong's life in these books, available from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen
"On July 20, 1969, the world stood still to watch thirty-eight-year-old American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong become the first person ever to step on the surface of another heavenly body. Armstrong's inspiring life story is captured in dramatic fashion by the author."
Also available as an audiobook.

One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey by Leon Wagener
"On July 20, 1969, the world stopped as a man who grew up on a farm without electricity announced: 'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' Relying on hundreds of interviews with family and friends of Neil Armstrong, plus generous access to NASA files, Wagener explores the life of one of America's true heroes in a book filled with adventure and extraordinary courage." Cover to Armstrong Lands on the Moon

For Kids:

Neil Armstrong: A Space Biography by Carmen Bredeson
"A biography of the first man on the moon, covering his youth, his career as an astronaut, and his life after NASA." 48 pages. Part of the Countdown to Space series.

Armstrong Lands on the Moon by Gordon Charleston
A quick introduction to the history of spaceflight and exploration for children. Published in 1994.