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Kennedy Renames Historic Facility in Honor of Neil Armstrong
Mon, 21 July 2014 11 AM EDT

NASA officials, astronauts and special guests gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Monday, July 21 for a ceremony in which the historic Operations and Checkout Building was renamed in honor of Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, Armstrong’s family and his Apollo 11 crewmates, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, participated in the ceremony. July 20 marked the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 crew's moon landing in 1969, an event that captivated a global audience and has inspired generations.

The Operations and Checkout Building was built in 1964 and previously was known as the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building. The facility has played a vital role in NASA's spaceflight history. The high bay was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules. The facility is being used today to process and assemble NASA’s Orion spacecraft as the agency prepares to embark on the next giant leap in space exploration, sending astronauts to an asteroid and Mars.

Apollo astronauts Michael Collins, second from left, Jim Lovell, center, and Buzz Aldrin, second from right, view the Orion spacecraft
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