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On a mission: Restoration to return NASA Mission Control room to Apollo glory
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-041217a-apollo-mission-control-restoration.html

Over the past 50 years, NASA's Mission Control in Houston has undergone a number of upgrades, improving the technologies that support humans in space. The facility's next renovation though, is notably focused on achieving the opposite — rolling back decades of changes to return its most famous room to how it looked when the first astronauts landed on the moon.

The Mission Operations Control Room, located on the third floor of the Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas, is about to get a $5 million restoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and serve as an inspiration for the generations of visitors who come to see it on public tours.

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Historic NASA mission control consoles to be restored by the Cosmosphere
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The NASA Mission Control consoles that were used for the first moon landings are set to be brought back to life by a Kansas museum that restored the Apollo 13 spacecraft and conserved the recovered rocket engines that launched Apollo 11.

The Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas announced its selection by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to restore the consoles to how they appeared at the height of their use during the Apollo moon missions. The Cosmosphere's SpaceWorks division will re-power the consoles so that their buttons and screens can be lit again as part of a $3.5 million restoration of the historic Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) at NASA's Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. Mission Control Center.

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Nov. 30, 2017
The Historic Apollo Mission Control Center Will Be Restored

At 4:18 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969, the lunar module lands with only 30 seconds of fuel remaining. Neil Armstrong radios, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Mission control erupts in celebration. As the tension breaks, Charlie Duke, then sitting at the CapCom console, tells the crew, "Roger, Tranquility.  We copy you on the ground.  You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue—we’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.”

NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston and the Apollo Flight Operations Association (AFOA) are bringing the excitement of that time back to life with the complete restoration of the Historic Apollo Mission Control Center. By the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 2019, the room will be fully restored, providing a snapshot of how it looked during the moon landing on July 20, 1969. Initial work and assessments are underway and restoration is scheduled to begin this December.

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 modules in the consoles will also be reconfigured to harken back to Apollo. Wallpaper and carpet samples are being evaluated against recently identified originals and will be recreated for the room. Johnson Space Center plans to acquire and reproduce the same furnishings that were in the room during that time period: items such as ashtrays, trash cans, and book cases.

Space Center Houston, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, spearheaded the effort to raise funds for the project. While NASA cannot accept public donations that have a targeted purpose, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has the flexibility to accept public donations and designate the funds for specific historic preservation projects. The ACHP is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. Space Center Houston is sending the funds to the ACHP so they can be earmarked specifically for the Apollo MCC restoration.

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 inspiration alive for the next generation. The lessons learned from Apollo set the stage for subsequent NASA programs, including the Space Shuttle Program, which made the construction of the International Space Station possible, and the Orion Program, which will take astronauts into deep space and farther than ever before.   

In July 2019, visitors will be able to experience the drama of the Apollo moon landing from the Visitor Viewing Room, learning firsthand how the accomplishments of an earlier generation catapulted the future of space exploration.

Last Updated: Dec. 1, 2017
Editor: Mark Garcia

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-historic-apollo-mission-control-center-will-be-restored

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Flight controllers celebrate the successful conclusion of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission on July 24, 1969, at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston.
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NASA sends historic Apollo mission control consoles to Kansas to be restored
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The historic consoles used by NASA flight controllers to manage the first missions to land astronauts on the moon are on the move.

Workers on Thursday (Jan. 25) were busy labeling and removing the iconic rows of consoles that comprised NASA's historic mission control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The green metal cabinets, with their cathode-ray tube displays, rotary dials and backlit push button panels, are being temporarily relocated to the Cosmosphere museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, where they will be restored to their Apollo-era condition and appearance.

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As a Kansas native, it warms the cockles of my heart that the Cosmosphere is the one doing the restoration work :-)

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I hope to be able to make the trip out there next year when it's done.

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I didn't notice this the first time but the restoration work is done at the Space Works facility not at the museum proper.

The Apollo 13 and the Liberty Bell 7 was done in the museum so people could see but it has grown and used those spaces so no place is left except Space Works.

The last big Space Works project was the stabilization of the F1 parts recovered from the Atlantic Ocean floor funded by Jeff Bezos.

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In today's Hutch Post:

http://www.hutchpost.com/__trashed-6/

"Mission Control consoles arrive in Hutchinson

JANUARY 29, 2018 BY HUTCH POST STAFF

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The historic consoles used by NASA flight controllers to manage the first missions to land astronauts on the moon arrived at the Cosmosphere SpaceWorks facility in Hutchinson Monday morning.

The consoles are in Hutchinson for a full restoration that will last through the spring. The $5 million restoration will return Mission Operations Control Room-2 inside the Mission Control Center to how it looked at the time of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the moon.

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« Last Edit: 01/29/2018 06:01 PM by gongora »

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