NASA ceremony celebrates flight research center's renaming for Neil Armstrong
More than 50 years after Neil Armstrong stood under it for a photo, a sign outside the main building at NASA's flight research center in southern California was revealed on Tuesday (May 13), now amended with the late astronaut's name.
The unveiling, and the ceremony that preceded it, formally marked the research center's redesignation for Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
"I can't think of a more appropriate way to honor Neil than to name the center where he worked at his first passion — aviation," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said during the ceremony, which was held inside an aircraft hangar.
The sign, which Bolden helped uncover from under a black curtain, now identifies the facility as the "Armstrong Flight Research Center." Just before the reveal, a NASA F-18 jet made a low flyover of the center, which was known as the Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center for 38 years.