Behind The Black Postings By Robert Zimmerman

Congress has now officially renamed the Dryden Flight Research Center in California after Neil Armstrong.

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.

It still seems unseemly to me to remove the honor from Dryden. I would rather give Armstrong a better memorial, on the Moon.

  1. geoffc says:

    I bet SpaceX could name something way cooler after Armstrong than NASA can. Give them 5 years…

    • Considering that Armstrong was an outspoken critic of SpaceX, I don’t think it would be appropriate, do you?

  2. PeterF says:

    Kind of like chiseling one of the faces on mount Rushmore to resemble a more “contemporary” president?

  3. lcon says:

    Its a shame that they would strip honors from one to honor another. But now the damage is done. Perhaps it might be a good move to petition for some other structure to be named in Dryden’s honor like say the vehicle assembly building at Kennedy.

    • Read the article. They did exactly as you suggest for Dryden at the center that used to be named after him.

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