NASA renames operations building in honor of Distinguished Eagle Scout, Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong Eagle Scout
Neil Armstrong, Eagle Scout (BSA)

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.

Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo astronaut and Distinguished Eagle Scout Jim Lovell, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building (NASA)

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.


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