Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong
In this May 12, 2012 file photo, former astronaut Neil Armstrong testifies before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky.

Portman says he raised the idea with Armstrong in 2012, a year before Armstrong's death. The senator says Armstrong, the first man to walk on the , wasn't comfortable with the attention it would bring.

Portman says he has since spoken with NASA and Armstrong's family and they support renaming the facility.

Brown says it would be a fitting tribute given Armstrong's contributions as a and astronaut.


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Sep 15, 2019
This isn't science, this is politics.

Sep 15, 2019
Plumb Brook has one of the largest vacuum chambers in the world. My Dad worked there on testing of the Skylab launch shroud in the 70's. Seems like a nice tribute to have a facility in Ohio to name for him, and the research center in west Cleveland is now named for Ohioan and first orbital astronaut John Glenn.

Sep 15, 2019
Fine by me. He was, after all, the first human on the Moon. Not sure he shouldn't be honored by his name on a much bigger facility.

Sep 16, 2019
Oh dear! Honoring another accomplished white male. Isn't that against the law now?

Sep 16, 2019
Isn't that against the law now?
Yours, apparently.

Sep 16, 2019
I have read about him being very private and humble, but it's still a surprise to see nothing was graced with his name, while he was alive.

Sep 16, 2019
It would be appropriate for the first permanent base on the Moon to be named for him.

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