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The first man to step on the moon, former US National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Neil Armstrong, will land in Israel on Tuesday and meet with children at the National Science Museum in Haifa.
Armstrong, who will be 77 in August, was mission commander of Apollo 11. He made it to the moon on July 20, 1969, along with Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins remained in the mother craft above. His first words on the moon were: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
He is making his first trip to Israel as a guest of Yashir Investment House, "for a visit to promote the values of pioneering, innovation and excellence," according to the company.
Armstrong, who was a US Navy test pilot before he became an astronaut, made only one other spaceflight - on Gemini 8 - in 1966, for which he was the command pilot. On that mission, he performed the first manned docking of two spacecraft, together with pilot David Scott. More recently, he was a professor and head of the space faculty at the University of Cincinnati.