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Apollo Mission Control Center Undergoing Extensive Restoration Project

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Decommissioned in the 1990s, the Apollo Mission Control Center, located in Houston, Texas at the Johnson Space Center, will be the focus of a $5 million restoration in late 2017.

The site from which NASA’s flight control team trained, planned, and executed a number of human spaceflight missions for which their goal was to land a man on the moon and safely bring him back to Earth, in 1985, the center was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Having successfully achieved their historic goal on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 secured that recognition as one of the most substantial accomplishments in human history. As time passed, however, this “cathedral of engineering” fell victim to declining budgets and unlimited visitor access, taking their toll and resulting in the National Park Service giving the site a “threatened” status in 2015.

Apollo Mission Control Center Undergoing Extensive Restoration Project

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A $5 million campaign was launched in 2016 by Space Center Houston for the purpose of revamping the home of these amazing stories and achievements of technology combined with human ingenuity. Located in Building 30 at the Johnson Space Center, the Apollo Mission Control Center has had a community of global backers join together with the center as well as the city of Webster (part of the Houston metropolitan area) to establish a Kickstarter campaign in support, with the goal of preserving the legacy of the Apollo Program. To date, 4,251 backers have contributed over $500,000 towards the project. The campaign remains open, and various pledge levels grant the contributor a unique Apollo Mission Control Center gift of recognition.

Apollo Mission Control Center Undergoing Extensive Restoration Project
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NASA hopes that the renovation project will be completed by July of 2019, which is the 50th anniversary of man’s first moon landing. A portion of the project will include the restoration of the Mission Control consoles, providing the opportunity to display a representation of the Apollo 15 mission. And, in efforts to more accurately portray the late 1960s-time period, various replicas of authentic documents and personal items will be placed in the control center, creating a world-class visitor experience inspirational to future generations.

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