'One giant leap' toward a NASA Armstrong center?

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By ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Armstrong's name is attached to a lunar crater, an asteroid, more than a dozen schools and a museum.

But there's no NASA center named for the man whose "giant leap" made him the first to walk on the moon.

All that could soon change. Leaders at the space agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California are mulling the consequences of a proposed name change at the place where Armstrong was a test pilot.

The push by some in Congress has brought with it some questions: Is it justified to substitute one accomplished figure for another? At a time of squeezed budgets, is it worth the cost?

It wouldn't be the first rebranding of a NASA facility. The Lewis Research Center in Ohio was renamed for astronaut John Glenn.

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