The figure of Neil Armstrong is one of the most respected in the United States. The former astronaut, considered the first human being to set foot on the Moon, was part of the historic Apollo 11 mission.
Now, NASA has paid an important tribute to the war pilot by renaming a research center in Ohio, precisely the state where Armstrong was born.
From now on, and following the effort of the Ohio senators, NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky will be renamed the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility.
The former astronaut’s family celebrated the move. Son Mark Armstrong noted that early space missions showed the world could do things it had never imagined.
“That is more exciting than any scientific advance,” he explained. “It is more powerful than the transistor. It is more powerful than the computer. Because it is unlimited. And that is what we have to remind people ”.
The idea of the name change had been planned by senators in 2012, shortly before Neil Armstrong’s death. However, once her death was confirmed, it was ruled out so that it would not be misinterpreted.
Armstrong was born near Wapakoneta in 1930, took flying lessons at a nearby runway, and made his first solo flight at age 16. After his mission to the Moon in 1969, he taught at the University of Cincinnati.
The fact that he was the first human being on the Moon, Armstrong became a recognized figure worldwide and his tributes have multiplied since his death in 2012.