Chapter Five: After NASA
Armstrong’s final space mission was the Apollo 11. He joined NASA’s office of Advanced Research and Technology, where one of his main activities was to promote research into controlling high-performance aircraft by computer. However, he left NASA in 1971.
After leaving, he worked at the University of Cincinnati as a professor of aerospace engineering, where he spent 7 years of his life. Armstrong did continue some government work, however. In 1984 he was named to the Nation Commission on Space, which completed a report outlining a future for US Space programs. He was also a leader of government commission to investigate the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle which happened in January 1986.