The U.S. Senate voted to rename NASA's Plum Brook Station after the late astronaut and Ohioan Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.
According to The Sandusky Register, Plum Brook Station is a test facility for NASA's Glenn Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio. It is home to the Space Environments Complex where researchers simulate the space environment. NASA also tests equipment for the rigors of space travel at the station.
Armstrong grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War where he flew fighter planes off the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He joined the NASA Astronaut Corps and piloted the Gemini 8 capsule in orbit where it docked with another spacecraft.
During Apollo 11, Armstrong and astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Cape Canaveral and traveled three days to lunar orbit. Aldrin and Armstrong took the lunar lander to the moon's surface where Armstrong made his historic moonwalk.
After leaving NASA in 1971, Armstrong accepted an offer to teach aerospace engineering at the University of CIncinnati.
"I’m pleased to join Sen. Rob Portman in honoring Ohio-native Neil Armstrong by renaming NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky for a man who inspires future Ohioans to continue our state’s tradition of breaking barriers in space,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told The Register.