Who is Carol Held Knight – Neil Armstrong’s Wife and Where is She Now?

Carol Held Knight is best known to the public as the second wife of renowned American naval aviator, space hero, astronaut, test pilot, and astronautical engineer Neil Armstrong. Until Neil’s death in the year 2012, Held was his best friend, an amiable wife, and the only woman in whom he found true love and friendship. The couple met at a breakfast table and got married two years later. They remained inseparable until 2012 when the distinguished astronaut passed away.

Despite being the second woman Neil got hitched to, Carol made a lot of impact on the astronaut’s life and became so much a part of his history that not many remember much about Neil’s first wife. Since the passing of her husband, however, many have often wondered what Carol has been up to and how she spends her time. Here are all the details you need to keep you up to date with her life.

Carol Held Knight’s Life Before Neil

Before she became the wife of the famous Neil, the media had no inkling who Carol was but since her relationship with the Space star came to light, details have been unearthed about where she was and what she was up to before she met him. Carol was born in the year 1945 in the United States of America, she is the daughter of Rosario Cota (mother) and Victor Held (father). Apart from the information provided above, further details about Carol’s background, childhood, early life, and educational attainments have not been shared with the public. Prior to meeting Armstrong, Carol was previously married to Ralph Knight, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who died in a plane crash in Lantana, Florida in 1989.

Ralph, a roofing company owner, had survived the crash but was later pronounced dead five days after; he had suffered a massive stroke. Their single-engine was preparing to land in rain and heavy fog at Daytona Beach Regional Airport when it, unfortunately, crashed near the Tomoka Correctional Institution, west of Daytona. Carol and Knight had two children together, daughter Molly Knight and son Andrew Knight.

Carol Held Knight at a Glance

Carol Held Knight's fact sheet

About Her Relationship with Neil Armstrong

Carol’s relationship with Neil has often been described as love at first sight, even though it took the couple more than one year to finally get around to getting married. They met for the first time in 1992 at a golf tournament Armstrong had been invited to as a celebrity participant while Carol Held Knight was also in attendance for the game. As pre-planned by their friends Sally and Paul Christiansen, the two were seated beside each other at the pre-tournament breakfast table in the hopes that a conversation would ensue and lead to a relationship.

While their conversation lasted, Knight didn’t speak much to Neil because she was nervous to have such a great man around her and she left shortly after to be with her sick mother. A few weeks later, Held received a call from Neil, who also helped her to cut down a cherry tree in her house.

On June 12, 1994 – after the astronaut’s divorce from his first wife was finalized, Carol and Armstrong had their marriage ceremony in Ohio. The occasion was later followed by a second ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch in California. After their marriage, the couple decided to move to their home in California, where they lived for several years before relocating to Indian Hill, Ohio where Armstrong spent his last years.

Carol Held Knight
Carol and Neil (image source)

Carol Held Knight and Neil Armstrong spent almost eighteen years together as husband and wife. Sadly, the latter passed away at the age of 83 from complications of a cardiac surgery on 25th August 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Besides holding the record as the first person to step on the moon on 20th July 1969, Carol’s husband is best remembered as a space hero who proudly served the United States of America as a test pilot, navy fighter pilot, and an astronaut.

Neil and his first wife, Janet Shearon spent 38 years and had three kids together before their marriage ended in a divorce. The two got married at the Congregational Church in Wilmette, Illinois in 1956, separated in 1990, and formally divorced in 1994. Their first offspring, Eric Armstrong was born in 1957, their only daughter who died of pneumonia due to weakened immunity in 1962 was born on 13th April 1959 while Mark, their last child was born in the year 1963.

Where is Carol Knight Now?

Since the death of her beloved husband, Carol Held Knight has been missing from the spotlight, making it difficult to tell exactly where she is at the moment or what she has been up to. Nevertheless, if Carol should be anywhere, it would be in their home in Indian Hill, Ohio, where she is supposedly living a quiet life.

Fact Check: We strive for accuracy and fairness, if you've found a possible error, be it factual, editorial or something that needs updating, please contact us
Osondu Queen
Osondu Queen
Queen is an enthusiastic, confident, and goal-oriented journalist with a strong interest in sports, particularly soccer. She writes about celebrities, lifestyle, and other trendy subjects. When she's not writing, she is spending time with her family and friends


Joel Osteen is One of The Most Influential Televangelists in The World – Meet His Family

Joel Osteen is an American pastor, television evangelist, and author of many best-selling Christian/motivational books. Popular for being the current senior pastor of Lakewood...

A Critical Look Into Rayshard Brooks’ Life and The Circumstances That Led To His Death

Rayshard Brooks was an African American man who was shot and killed by Garrett Rolfe, an Atlanta Police Department officer after he resisted arrest...

Chronicling The Life of George Floyd and The Events That Led To His Death

George Floyd might not be a celebrity during his lifetime, but his death has certainly triggered a global movement that does not only raise...

Interesting Details About Stephen Curry’s Athletic Family Background

Athleticism apparently is a physical characteristic that runs deep into one's genes, thus when an individual is blessed with it, chances are high that one...

How Tall is Michael Jordan Compared To Other NBA Stars and How Has His Height Affected His Career?

At the surface, basketball sounds more like a game of throws and dribbles. While assets such as agility, leaping ability, endurance, speed, accuracy, and...

Featured Today

Here’s What We Know About Goliath Season 3 Cast, Story Details and Air Date

A lot of viewers who are yet to see the show would be wondering what to expect in the latest season of Goliath which...

Marvel Movies In Order Of Release: A Chronological Timeline

Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born in 2008, it has become a powerhouse forcing other movie studios to keep up. Characters that appear...

What Happened To Drs. Brenda, Erin and Sandra on Dr Pol?

The Incredible Dr. Pol is a long-running reality television series that airs on the Nat Geo Wild channel. It first came on the air...

7 QVC Hosts Who Either Left or Were Fired

Since the mid-1980s, QVC has thrilled and entertained audiences around the world with their incredible home shopping show. The channel has over the years...

Is Johnny Jett Married and How Much Is He Worth?

Johnny Jett is an American craftsman, machinist, reality television show star and painter. He is a member of the Barnwood Builders team from the...
Fact Check

We strive for fairness and accuracy, if you've found a possible error or something that needs updating, please contact us

Related Stories