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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

samzenpus posted about 6 months ago | 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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"to Mars" (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 6 months ago | (#47503873)

>> 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.

Re:"to Mars" (1)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | about 6 months ago | (#47503903)

You'd better call NASA and let them know!

Re:"to Mars" (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 6 months ago | (#47504067)

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".

Re:"to Mars" (2)

ganjadude (952775) | about 6 months ago | (#47504169)

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

Re:"to Mars" (2)

rubycodez (864176) | about 6 months ago | (#47504907)

not really factual, we've not begun to address the issues serious Mars trip entails.

Re:"to Mars" (1)

wooferhound (546132) | about 6 months ago | (#47507693)

So , I guess that NASA isn't training astronauts anymore ?

Why not something important? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47503907)

Like a Battleship or Airport?

Re:Why not something important? (4, Informative)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 6 months ago | (#47504029)

A good many things have been named after him already, including over a dozen schools, an asteroid, a moon crater, and a new engineering hall at Purdue (his alma mater.)

http://www.universetoday.com/5... [universetoday.com]

Re:Why not something important? (3, Interesting)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 6 months ago | (#47504217)

Are you kidding?

What on earth (intended) could be more suitable?

He was at the forefront of operations during his active career as an astronaut, and now he has checked out.

Re: Why not something important? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504609)

A battleship, or an airport, like I said.

Even pointless states and worthless presidents get those. And not some rural airport. A big one with jumbo jets.

Re:Why not something important? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47506499)

Are you kidding?

What on earth (intended) could be more suitable?

A jazz museum. A giant trumpet. A... wait... that's not right...

Surprising (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47503937)

I'm surprised Obama allowed this. There are already too many buildings named after dead white guys.

Re:Surprising (-1)

DogSqueeze (3592869) | about 6 months ago | (#47504013)

The moon landing was a damned hoax. The closest Neil Armstrong got to the moon was an elaborate stage somewhere in hollywood. What a joke this nation has become

Re:Surprising (2)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 6 months ago | (#47504139)

What a joke this nation has become

Indeed. Students aren't even taught basic critical thinking skills to be able to identify crackpot conspiracy theories. I hope you're joking. But in case you're not, please explain why the Soviet Union (and over 30 other countires) congratulated us after tracking us to the moon and back. Were they participating in a conspiracy to make themselves look bad?

Re:Surprising (1)

dsgrntlxmply (610492) | about 6 months ago | (#47504161)

Soviet Union congratulated US for obviating own staged moon landing and exposure of inferior cinematic technology.

Re:Surprising (2)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 6 months ago | (#47507821)

More importantly, the size and scale of the conspiracy would have to be massive. Tens of thousands of people worked on the program would have to be fooled. How many hundreds of thousands of people would have to work to keep ten thousand people fooled or not divulging? Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best [youtube.com] in that only 3 people knew about Bill Clinton's sex scandal yet it got out. Also it would have cost the US government more money to create a hoax than it would to actually go to the moon. And they would have done such a piss poor job at it anyway.

Also they tend to fixate on a few things that seem to be the smoking gun; however, when looked in detail are not as definitive as they seem. For example photos from NASA show that shadows are not parallel. According to conspiracies, this must have been because more than one light source was present, ergo, it was staged. This however does not take into account that the surface of the moon is not flat. Mythbusters verified this [youtube.com] .

Another one is the crosses (+) in the photos appear sometimes behind the subject instead of in front. This can only be because the crosses were added later to photos and not originally taken with the "moon" camera. Anyone with sufficient expertise photography knows that can be caused by overexposure. Overexposure was necessary for some photos in order to get a decent image. And the list goes on.

Poor Buzz (1)

Alien7 (310889) | about 6 months ago | (#47503989)

He's not going to get a building named after him ever...

Re:Poor Buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504109)

Neil before him. [imgur.com]

Re:Poor Buzz (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504125)

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.

Re:Poor Buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47505597)

I guess he does not care as long as he is still walking the face of the earth.

Re:Poor Buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47507591)

I thought the same. Buzz has been living in Armstrong's shadow ever since that day.

The building could have been named after all three astronauts from that first Apollo landing. Neil, Buzz and whats-his-name

Re:Poor Buzz (1)

Talderas (1212466) | about 6 months ago | (#47507633)

Pauly Shore.

frost 4ist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504027)

Foolowed. Obviously consider 7hat right

When politicians need to hide incompetence... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504205)

they rename things that already had perfetly good names.

Rather than putting economic policies in place that will help in black communities and fighting the teachers unions to get better teachers into majority-black schools Democrats push to rename streets, buildings, highways and bridges after Martin Luther King Jr.

Rather than actually doing ANYTHING conservative, modern establishment Republicans try to distract their supporters by pushing to rename things "Ronald Reagan" (as in "Mount Reagan", Reagan Airport, the Reagan Building, etc.)

Rather than getting off their butts and getting rid of all the unneccessary paperwork, managers, bureaucrats, political activities (Earth day, "Muslim outreach", diversity activities, etc) and focusing on the fact that NASA cannot even launch a MONKEY into space today, it's time to ... (you guessed it) ... rename a building. The O&C Building HAD a perfectly acceptable name that said what it was. Additionally, NASA already renamed the Dryden Flight Research Facility (NASA's part of Edwards in California) after Armstrong several months ago. Oh, they went to pains to point out that they were re-naming the actual test range (the dirt, airspace, radars, etc) after Dr Hugh Dryden (they had previously renamed the facility from its original name to the Dryden name... so, you see, these re-namings only last until a new renaming is needed to distract the public).

Keep watching and reading the PR they are cranking out with their right hands and do not notice what they are doing (or not doing) with their left hands.

This December, NASA will launch a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Canaveral (the Air force base just south of KSC) with an empty dummy Orion capsule on top and attached to a dummy (non-functional) service module for a several hours long test flight. They will want everybody to see this as the first flight of their new "deep space" manned spacecraft. Sadly, this capsule will be incapable of even carrying a chimpanzee and keeping it alive. It won't even be carrying a test dummy. The Obama administration has cancelled the contracts for service modules and instead is hiring the Europeans to build exactly TWO service modules so that some day in the future one or two more test flights (the 1st of which will have to be unmanned due to the untested euro service module) can be flown. NASA has no REAL solid plans (with allocated budgets, assigned engineers, etc) to use Orion with people (or even moneys) aboard within the next decade.... even though they have been developing it for NINE YEARS and have pumped BILLIONS into this Block3 Apollo capsule joke. They have not yet even designed the life support system for it yet. NASA started the Gemini program in 1961 and by 1966 (FIVE years later) they had flown ten manned missions and ended the program!!! Orion does not even properly fit atop any rocket they will launch it on because it was sized (in diameter) to go atop the Ares I rocket (which Obama cancelled). The capsule was originally designed to carry 6, but ended up too heavy for Ares I to lift (too heavy even for the Delta IV Heavy that will be used this winter to lift it with any people or cargo inside) so even if used in a manned configuration, it will likely only ever carry 4 (even though the original 1960's vintage Apollo capsule could be outfitted to hold 5 (it was configured that way once for a Skylab rescue mission that ended up not needing to be flown).

Re:When politicians need to hide incompetence... (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 6 months ago | (#47509483)

NASA already renamed the Dryden Flight Research Facility (NASA's part of Edwards in California) after Armstrong

not sure why this was marked down (unless all of us tired of hearing same complaints). I remember the hoopla about renaming DFRC and politicians on the house floor giving glowing speeches of Armstrong, and then later that day they cut the NASA budget $600 million.

It seems to me Neil would want that NASA facility to remain under Hugh's name. Armstrong flew the X-15 but it was Dryden who was instrumental in creating the X-15 program.
Who Was Hugh Dryden and Why Should We Care? (page 163)
http://history.nasa.gov/sp4112... [nasa.gov]

I heard verbally from someone they renamed Lewis Research Center after Glenn to discourage politicians from closing down the center.

Rumor has it they want to rename Ames Research Center after Sally Ride. Of course Sally is a fine person and but consider Joe Ames was the first NACA administrator and later he kept the NACA alive when Herbert Hoover tried to eliminate it and transfer its duties to industry. And here's another from a NASA history page (I kept this but lost the url):

"Ames accepted a nomination by Air Minister Hermann Goring to the Deutsche Akademie der Luftfartforschung. Ames then considered it an honor, many Americans did, and was surprised to learn about the massive Nazi investment in aeronautical infrastructure, then six times larger than the NACA. Ames urged the funding for a second laboratory and expansion of the NACA facilities to prepare for war. " It was these facilities and infrastructure that helped allies win WWII, helped US aerospace industries, laid down the foundations for NASA able to make Neil the first man to step the moon.

Corporate sponsors ? (1)

Archfeld (6757) | about 6 months ago | (#47504421)

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.

Re:Corporate sponsors ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504541)

Great idea!

What the world needs most is more fucking advertising.

Re:Corporate sponsors ? (1)

Archfeld (6757) | about 6 months ago | (#47510723)

If it would get some more cash for NASA to do real science independent of the nitwits we call Congress I'd put up with it...

Re:Corporate sponsors ? (1)

riker1384 (735780) | about 6 months ago | (#47505881)

Vehicle Assembly Building brought to you by Carl's Jr.

As someone that works at KSC (1)

trout007 (975317) | about 6 months ago | (#47504509)

The real name of the building is M7-0355. This is most likely just going to involve a little sign in the lobby.

Re:As someone that works at KSC (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about 6 months ago | (#47504681)

The real name of the building is M7-0355. This is most likely just going to involve a little sign in the lobby.

We've a 'Jean Batten Airport' down here in NZ. People still call it Auckland Airport.

(Who was Jean Batten? She invented the leather strap used on ships to secure loads: hence "batten down the hatches". Not sure why they named an airrport after her)

Re:As someone that works at KSC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47505189)

Jean Batten, aviator [wikipedia.org] . Battens are much older than she.

What, NASA doesn't sell there building naming righ (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 6 months ago | (#47504653)

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....

Re:What, NASA doesn't sell there building naming r (1)

rtb61 (674572) | about 6 months ago | (#47504777)

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 ;).

Re:What, NASA doesn't sell there building naming r (4, Insightful)

thrich81 (1357561) | about 6 months ago | (#47505171)

What part of "not only an astronaut, but also as an AEROSPACE ENGINEER, TEST PILOT, and UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR" did you not read in the summary? Nobody worked harder than the early astronauts to get man into space and they were all engineers or scientists. A test pilot is in reality a flying engineer.

NASA names building after astronaut (1)

John.Banister (1291556) | about 6 months ago | (#47504719)

Slow news day?

Interesting only if the building were on the moon (1)

joe_frisch (1366229) | about 6 months ago | (#47504757)

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

"for"?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47504897)

Neil is dead, I don't think he wants you to name anything for him. You can, however, name something after him...

renamed to what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47505005)

Renamed it to what? I'm having a hard time trying to find the new name of the building.

Re:renamed to what? (1)

MadMaverick9 (1470565) | about 6 months ago | (#47506243)

Armstrong Building?
Neil Building?
Armstrong Operations & Checkout?
Neil Operations & Checkout?
Operations & Armstrong Checkout?
Operations & Neil Checkout?

Who knows? It doesn't say anywhere.

And yes - I did RTFA.

No disrespect, but for crying out loud - if you report on something, do it properly.

Armstrong was a cool dude (2)

trawg (308495) | about 6 months ago | (#47505033)

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?

No shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47505243)

The three Orion spacecraft are going to be called: God country and apple pie.

A trend? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 6 months ago | (#47505431)

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

Remembered? Nobody asked him (2)

RubberDogBone (851604) | about 6 months ago | (#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.

Re:Remembered? Nobody asked him (1)

Dronak (994169) | about 6 months ago | (#47509187)

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.

It's "named AFTER" not "for" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47506169)

Why do you Americans have such difficulty with prepositions?

The building was named AFTER Neil Armstrong.

Well shit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47506235)

I did not know Neil was dead :(

Yes... I live under a rock.

"It has been the last stop for astronauts..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#47510823)

should read

"It has been the last, small, step for astronauts before their flights..."

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