NASA Renames Historic Facility in Honor of Neil Armstrong

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During a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center on Monday, July 21, NASA renamed the center’s Operations and Checkout Building in honor of late astronaut Neil Armstrong, who passed away in 2012. The ceremony included NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana, Apollo 11’s Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin and astronaut Jim Lovell, who was the mission’s back-up commander. International Space Station NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, who is the current station commander, and Reid Wiseman, also took part in the ceremony via satellite downlink from their orbiting laboratory 260 miles above Earth.

Kennedy’s Operations and Checkout Building has played a vital role in NASA’s spaceflight history. It was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules. Today, the facility is being used to process and assemble NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which the agency will use to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s and Mars in the 2030s.

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  1. it is good that they named the facility after him Neil walked these halls long before any of today's astronauts set foot in them and it was from here he prepared for his moonwalk now the next big step will come. behind these great men Orion is being built to continue the dream that Kennedy gave us and one that these space pioneers wish to be done Finding an Asteroid,Returning to the Moon and the big one Landing on MARS. Kennedy's dream continues and it will begin here in a facility named after Neil.    

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