Hous­ton, we're go­ing back in time

NASA's his­toric Apollo Mis­sion Con­trol Cen­ter set to be re­stored to the mo­ment man landed on the moon in 1969

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Mark Prigg

The his­toric Apo l l o Mis­sion Con­trol Cen­ter in Hous­ton is set to be com­pletely re­stored in time for the 50th an­niver­sary of the Apollo 11 mis­sion. The painstak­ing restora­tion will recre­ate the room as it was dur­ing the moon land­ing on July 20, 1969. Even the ash­trays, cof­fee cups and pa­per­work on the desks will be put back in place.

NASA's John­son Space Cen­ter, Space Cen­ter Hous­ton and the Apollo Flight Op­er­a­tions As­so­ci­a­tion (AFOA) are work­ing to­gether on the pro­ject. The restora­tion will in­clude the Mis­sion Op­er­a­tions Con­trol Room ( MOCR), Visi­tor View­ing Room, Sim­u­la­tion Con­trol Room, and the Sum­mary Dis­play Pro­jec­tion Room ('bat cave'), the ar­eas that make up the Apollo MCC - all lo­cated in the Christopher C. Kraft Mis­sion Con­trol Cen­ter (MCC) at John­son.

The MCC is where NASA's flight con­trol team planned, trained and ex­e­cuted Gemini, Apollo, Apollo/ Soyuz, Sky­lab and Space Shut­tle mis­sions un­til 1992 in­clud­ing the mo­men­tous Apollo 11 and 13 mis­sions. In 1985, the MCC was des­ig­nated a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice.

Through­out the years, some work was done to par­tially re­store the Apollo MCC to its Apollo- era con­fig­u­ra­tion, but it was not fully re­stored and con­tin­ued to de­te­ri­o­rate. The flight con­trol con­soles are orig­i­nal and will be fully re­fur­bished.

' The restora­tion of this Na­tional His­toric Land­mark will cre­ate a space for the Apollo gen­er­a­tion to re­mem­ber an in­cred­i­ble time in his­tory and keep that in­spira- tion alive for the next gen­er­a­tion,' said NASA.

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