The 11 biggest myths about Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon

  • Myth #1

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    US astronaut Neil Armstrong aboard a simulator practices piloting safely the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle in 1967 two years before Apollo XI space mission launch to the moon. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

    Myth: From boyhood, Neil Armstrong, an avid reader of Jules Verne and other science fiction writers, set his sights on space travel and even told one of his elementary school teachers that someday he would fly to the moon. None of this is true. "That's all fiction. All my aspirations in those days related to aircraft. Space flight would have been an unrealistic ambition," Armstrong said. As for science fiction, Neil did not begin to read any until he got to college.