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The House yesterday voted to rename the Dryden Flight Research Center after Neil Armstrong.

Don’t they have better things to do ? The House yesterday voted to rename the Dryden Flight Research Center after Neil Armstrong.

As I noted previously, I disagree strongly with this action. To honor Armstrong properly we should name something really important after him. But it is shameless and wrong to steal the honor from Hugh Dryden in doing so. Armstrong, a modest and honorable man, would have surely protested this action himself.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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2 comments

  • jwing

    I agree with you. My initial thought on a more appropriate dedication would be to rename the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in honor of Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong represents every man and woman of the past century who willed himself to fly above and beyond, and he did it a most humble yet exceptional way. He was a class act deserving such an honor for future generations of children and adults to emulate.

  • Pzatchok

    Couldn’t we name something a little more permanent after him?

    Like a lunar crater or asteroid that stands a chance of out living humans.

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