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Lawmakers seek to honor Neil Armstrong with NASA center renaming
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An effort to rename a NASA flight research center after the late moonwalker Neil Armstrong was relaunched this week in Congress.

Congressmen Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced legislation on Thursday (Nov. 29) to redesignate NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center. The bill would also rename the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range.


(Similar legislation to retitle the southern California facility was introduced in July 2007 by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), who is co-sponsoring the new bill. McKeon and McCarthy supported the previous attempt.)

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #1 on: 12/17/2012 05:54 PM »
Neil Armstrong: The Flight Research Center Years


Published on Dec 17, 2012
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http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/home/index.html

Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was an engineering research test pilot at the NACA High-Speed Flight Station, later the NASA Flight Research Center, at Edwards from 1955 through 1962. This video recalls some of the many contributions he made to aerospace research during his seven-year stint at the center before he was selected for NASA's astronaut corps.


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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #2 on: 12/31/2012 04:34 PM »
My article about working with Armstrong is now up:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2209/1


Last thoughts about working with the First Man

by Dwayne Day
Monday, December 31, 2012

When I was only fifteen months old my mother sat me down in front of a television long after my bedtime. “Watch this, it’s important,” she told me. And then I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon. I do not remember any of this, but my mother insists it is the reason why I went into the space field, and perhaps it is the reason that forty-two years later I had the honor of not only meeting, but working with Neil Armstrong.



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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #3 on: 12/31/2012 04:59 PM »
My article about working with Armstrong is now up:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2209/1


Last thoughts about working with the First Man

by Dwayne Day
Monday, December 31, 2012

When I was only fifteen months old my mother sat me down in front of a television long after my bedtime. “Watch this, it’s important,” she told me. And then I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon. I do not remember any of this, but my mother insists it is the reason why I went into the space field, and perhaps it is the reason that forty-two years later I had the honor of not only meeting, but working with Neil Armstrong.



Excellent piece Dwayne! A well deserved wink to both you and the man you shared a moment with...  ;)
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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #4 on: 12/31/2012 05:17 PM »
My article about working with Armstrong is now up:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2209/1
Nice -- thanks for sharing that.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #5 on: 01/06/2013 07:55 PM »
IMHO, Mr Armstrong would be honored by a return to the moon in his name. Nothing less, nothing more.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #6 on: 01/12/2013 04:11 AM »
Save it for the first permanent Moon outpost.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #7 on: 01/15/2013 11:07 AM »
Save it for the first permanent Moon outpost.

Agreed, that is more fitting.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #8 on: 01/15/2013 11:24 AM »
Save it for the first permanent Moon outpost.
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My article about working with Armstrong is now up:

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2209/1

I had the privilege to hear him give that narration of the landing about a month before he passed last year, at the commissioning for the Discovery Channel Telescope. He had a real talent for storytelling, and it's a shame he didn't write more.

He also told the story of the first few measurements of the Lunar Laser Rangefinder. The laser at the time was sent and received at the Lick Observatory in California, one of the oldest observatories in the US. Almost immediately after he and Aldrin set up the retroreflector, they started taking data. That initial measurement, though, seemed to be way off, and he was worried that he had set it up wrong. But, when they went back and looked, it turned out that they had been using the wrong latitude and longitude for Lick for nearly a century. So, the first science result of Apollo 11 was to determine the precise position of Lick Observatory! Armstrong sounded quite proud of that. :)
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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #10 on: 01/16/2013 06:17 AM »
I wonder if engineer Armstrong would be pleased with replacing Hugh Dryden.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #11 on: 02/26/2013 06:11 PM »
House votes to rename NASA flight center for Neil Armstrong
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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to rename a NASA flight research center after the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

The resolution, which late Monday (Feb. 25) was approved unanimously in the House, calls for NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California to be renamed the "Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center." The bill (H.R. 667) also renames the surrounding Western Aeronautical Test Range after Hugh L. Dryden to continue honoring the aeronautical engineer.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #12 on: 02/26/2013 06:26 PM »
Still needs to go to the Senate.
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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #13 on: 03/21/2013 06:33 PM »
If Apollo 11 was a 'giant leap for mankind' that started with Dryden's comments to President Kennedy on Earth, and finished with Armstrong's small step onto the moon...then I'd have preferred Dryden to keep his namesake on Earth and Armstrong to have his namesake on the Moon.

Perhaps the first lunar outpost could be named Dryden instead? A reversal of the two men's roles, if you will!
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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #14 on: 03/21/2013 08:02 PM »
Let's name the first lunar base after Mr. A, and leave Dryden alone.  Congress is wasting time and honors nobody.
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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #15 on: 01/09/2014 10:26 PM »
This was passed today by the Senate (House passed last Feb)

H.R.667
Latest Title: To redesignate the Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range.
Sponsor: Rep McCarthy, Kevin [CA-23] (introduced 2/13/2013)      Cosponsors (8)
Related Bills: S.1636


Latest Major Action: 1/8/2014 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

MAJOR ACTIONS:
2/13/2013   Introduced in House
2/25/2013   Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 - 0, 1 Present (Roll no. 47).
1/8/2014   Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation discharged by Unanimous Consent.
1/8/2014   Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #16 on: 01/10/2014 12:54 AM »
Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-010914b-neil-armstrong-nasa-center-name.html

Lawmakers have renamed NASA's primary flight research center to honor the first man to walk on the moon.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday (Jan. 8) passed a bill that redesignates the space agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California the "NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center."

The legislation continues to honor the facility's displaced namesake by renaming the surrounding area the "Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range."

The U.S. House of Representatives earlier introduced and passed a corresponding resolution in February 2013. This was at least the third time since 2007 that Congress has sought to name the flight research center for Armstrong.

On Thursday, the bill was presented to the President to be signed into law.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #17 on: 01/10/2014 01:03 AM »
Thanks for this Robert, I’m probably still going to call it Dryden for some time to come... Really great painting in your link, his work is always magnificent.
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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #18 on: 01/10/2014 01:15 AM »
So, Armstrong is at Dryden which is at Edwards?  I'm lost.

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Re: Congress renames NASA flight center after Neil Armstrong
« Reply #19 on: 01/10/2014 01:39 AM »
So, Armstrong is at Dryden which is at Edwards?  I'm lost.
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