Forty-five years ago, on the way to the moon, Neil Armstrong addressed the participants at the 1969 National Scout Jamboree from the Columbia command module: “I’d like to say hello to all my fellow Scouts and Scouters at Farragut State Park in Idaho having a National Jamboree there this week; and Apollo 11 would like to send them best wishes.”
This week NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida renamed the Operations and Checkout Building to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo recipient, legendary astronaut and first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
The Operations and Checkout Building was built in 1964 and previously was known as the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building. The facility has played a vital role in NASA’s spaceflight history. The facility is being used today to process and assemble NASA’s Orion spacecraft as the agency prepares to embark on the next giant leap in space exploration, sending astronauts to an asteroid and Mars.