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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-name dept.
An anonymous reader writes A building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where Apollo astronauts once trained, was named in honor of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, test pilot, and university professor. NASA renamed the Operations and Checkout building, also known as the O&C, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the last stop for astronauts before their flights since 1965. It was also used to test and process Apollo spacecraft. Currently, it's where the Orion spacecraft is being assembled to send astronauts to an asteroid and later to Mars.
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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

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  • >> to enable human flight to the vicinities of the Moon and Mars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_%28spacecraft%29)

    I hope someone realizes that there's an order of magnitude in there somewhere.

    • You'd better call NASA and let them know!
      • My point is that making it to Mars implies "ability to make it to the moon." Writing "the Moon and Mars" is like saying that my truck can pull "a string of beer cans and my 26-foot boat".

        • by ganjadude (952775)
          So...its still factual, just look at it as its being designed to go to mars, the moon is on the way, therefore it can also go to the moon. Its written for the masses, to them it just sounds better but its not any less true even if you dont care for the wording
        • So , I guess that NASA isn't training astronauts anymore ?
  • He's not going to get a building named after him ever...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Buzz Lightyear already had several movies made about him! The Toy Story series started in the 90s! Slashdotters sure have gotten slow/ignorant lately. I blame beta.

  • Couldn't NASA find a generous corporate sponsor to shell out some $$$ to have their name on the side of a building or rocket ?
    Stupid companies pay for namespace on sports facilities why not take advantage of the side of the gantry.

    • by riker1384 (735780)
      Vehicle Assembly Building brought to you by Carl's Jr.
  • The real name of the building is M7-0355. This is most likely just going to involve a little sign in the lobby.

  • What, NASA doesn't sell there building naming rights to the highest bidder?? that might be a few million towards a moon landing or another robot to mars.......or a CEO bonus....
    • by rtb61 (674572)

      Why doesn't NASA ignore the celebrity bullshit and name buildings after the people they did the real work of getting man into space and onto the moon, the Scientists and Engineers. NASA you want more scientists and engineers, than stop bloody giving them a back seat to the monkey in the cockpit, grrr ;).

  • It wasn't even a new building, they just changed the name of an existing one.

  • by trawg (308495) on Monday July 21, 2014 @09:39PM (#47505033) Homepage

    His biography First Man [amazon.com] is a great read. Armstrong seemed like a classic "Right Stuff" guy; I'm sure the book paints him in a positive light but after reading it I couldn't think of anyone else I would want to be the first person to set foot on the moon in the name of humanity.

    I think a better tribute from NASA would be to get us back to the moon. Maybe they could name the first permanent settlement there after him?

  • Foxconn named one of their factory buildings "Giant Leap" after some employees decided to skip the elevator.

  • by RubberDogBone (851604) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @03:27AM (#47506049)

    Remembered for being a hero, an astronaut, a pioneer, but not, apparently, for the deeply humble and private man he was later in life.

    Armstrong would NEVER have wanted a building named for him, never in a million years. He'd be absolutely furious. NASA knows this and this whole thing is a big fat stick in his eye for wanting his privacy. They never forgave him for that. This is their revenge: his name on a big, ostentatious building. The only thing worse than this would be naming something Armstrong Base.

    • by Dronak (994169)
      I can't speak for whether Armstrong would like seeing something named after him or not. However, I can say that the "Armstrong Base" exists, just not by that specific name. NASA officially renamed their Dryden Flight Research Center to the Armstrong Flight Research Center on March 1, 2014. See http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dr... [nasa.gov] for some info. The test range there will still be named after Dryden though.

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