Neil Armstrong was adamant about not having NASA’s Plum Brook Station named after him. When requested, the very first individual to walk on the moon graciously declined. Still, nine years after his death and a week after what would have been his 91st birthday, a handful of NASA officers and congress members officiated over a short ceremony that was held in Sandusky, Ohio, to do this. The Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility has replaced Plum Brook Station.
“At 91 years old, I wish he could be here. He would be hidden in the back, oblivious to the fact that he was there. “Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who championed the legislation that resulted in dedication, expressed his gratitude. “But, to be honest, I don’t think he would be thrilled about the rebranding. He would be okay with it but not very enthusiastic about it — which is all the more justification for us to have gone ahead and done it.”
The Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility is a rural, 6,400-acre campus controlled by Glenn Research Center of NASA in Cleveland. It houses the Space Environments Complex, the globe’s largest and most influential space environment simulation chambers, as well as the In Propulsion Facility, the globe’s only way of checking upper-stage launch vehicles (full-scale) and rocket engines under the simulated high-altitude conditions.
NASA’s Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft was recently subjected to the high temperatures and electromagnetic surroundings that the spaceship will endure on its trip to the moon at the Armstrong Test Facility, which was originally named after a nearby stream. The uncrewed mission, scheduled for afterward this year, will verify that the spacecraft is ready to begin taking astronauts to the moon, following in the footprints of Armstrong and his colleague Apollo moonwalkers. They walked on the moon 50 years ago.
Portman explained, “This is sort of Neil’s dream.” “Neil was a strong supporter of NASA’s space program, especially getting Artemis off the ground and going forward.”
In 1955, Armstrong began his NASA career as a test pilot at Glenn Research Center (then known as the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory). Armstrong, a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, began his career as a pilot at Lewis Field before shifting to the High-Speed Flight Station of NASA located in southern California (currently the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center) and eventually becoming an astronaut.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson described the naming of something after Neil Armstrong as a “great occasion.” Nelson, an ex-senator and space shuttle payload expert, remarked, “While we said farewell to one of the most cherished heroes too early a few years ago, I am pleased we can celebrate him today.” “We work on these wonderful missions here at NASA with Neil’s enthusiasm in our hearts and thoughts.” Armstrong’s thoughts on the accolade are known since Portman questioned him about it one year before his death.