Ryan Gosling is currently starring in a musical called “La La Land” directed by Damien Chazelle about an aspiring actress and a jazz pianist. The two are due to reunite, according to Deadline Hollywood, in a different film project, “First Man,” a biop of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The project has been kicking around the film industry for a while, but it looks like long last it is going actually to be made.

Armstrong lived a full life before and after the mission of Apollo 11 when he set foot on the moon before the eyes of a billion people who were watching on television.

He flew missions during the Korean War and then as a test pilot, flying a variety of craft including the X-15. As a NASA astronaut, his famous steely nerve saved the Gemini 8 million when the spacecraft went into an uncontrolled tumble.

The save nerve served Armstrong in good stead when a computer malfunction almost resulted in disaster when the Apollo 11 lunar module was making its final approach. He managed to land the craft successfully with very little fuel to spare and go on to take that first small step and giant leap, fulfilling President John F.

Kennedy’s pledge.

Armstrong spent the following decades as a semi-recluse, teaching aerospace engineering, engaging in a number of business enterprises, but otherwise staying out of the public eye. He served on two accident investigation boards, one for Apollo 13 and the other for the Challenger Space shuttle disaster.

Armstrong’s last mission occurred when President Barack Obama canceled the Constellation space exploration program.

He came out of retirement to denounce the decision, publishing an open letter along with Jim Lovell, the commander of Apollo 13, and Gene Cernan, the last man (so far) to walk on the moon registering his disagreement. His prestige as the first man to walk on the moon lent impetus to the push back against the decision that many have come to believe was ill-advised.

Armstrong died in August 2012 of complications of blocked coronary arteries, thus not surviving to witness the next moonwalker, whomever that will turn out to be.

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