Lawmakers Propose Renaming NASA Ohio Facility for Neil Armstrong | 9/14/2019 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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Ohio lawmakers have introduced legislation to redesignate NASA's Plum Brook Station for Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.

The first man on the moon could soon have a second NASA facility renamed in his memory.

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Lawmakers have introduced a bill to redesignate NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, for Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to walk on the moon 50 years ago this past July. The legislation, cosponsored by Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), follows similar congressional action taken five years ago that renamed NASA's flight research center in southern California for the late Apollo 11 astronaut.

"This is a fitting tribute, and a way to help ensure that future generations will be inspired by Neil Armstrong's amazing accomplishments in air and in space," said Portman in a statement.

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NASA's Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center in California was renamed for the late Apollo astronauts in 2014.

Plum Brook Station, which inherited its name from a World War II ordnance facility that was built near a stream called "Plum Brook," is today run by NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Plum Brook's space environment simulation facilities include the world's most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chamber and the only platform capable of supporting full-size upper-stage rockets and engines at high-altitude conditions.

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In August, Portman joined NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on a visit to Plum Brook to view progress on the agency's Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon. NASA has been preparing the Sandusky complex to support pre-flight testing of the Orion spacecraft that will launch on the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission in 2021.

"[Neil Armstrong] was a strong supporter of Plum Brook Station and the important simulations and testing being done there," said Portman.

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The Space Power Facility at NASA's Plum Brook Station.

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