Gene Kranz, aerospace engineer, fighter pilot, an Apollo-era flight director and later director of NASA flight operations, sits at the console where he worked during the Gemini and Apollo missions at the NASA Johnson Space Center Monday, June 17, 2019, in Houston. "The impact is incredible," Kranz, 85, said. With all the vacated seats, the room reminded him of a shift change when flight controllers would hit the restroom. "So this room is now empty and it's soon going to be filled and all of a sudden, the energy that this room possesses is going to start enveloping the environment here." (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Restored Mission Control comes alive 50 years after Apollo

June 28, 2019 - 12:27 am

HOUSTON (AP) — NASA's Mission Control from the Apollo days has been meticulously restored to the way it looked 50 years ago.

The control room at Johnson Space Center in Houston was last used for space shuttle flights in the 1990s.

Friday's grand opening culminates years of work and millions in donations. It opens to the public on Monday, just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The 1969 Mission Control has been recreated down to the carpeting, wallpaper, glass ashtrays and retro coffee cups.


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