Living History In Houston

Hey, Houston, are you looking for a new place to explore? Or, maybe a place to hide from the heat? Entertain the kids? According to the Houstonia Magazine, you can take a walk through history in the new Apollo Mission Control Room. Once, this control room was state of the art and abe to take our astronauts from being our Houston neighbors to standing on the Moon. Take a tour and be a part of it all.

You Can Now Walk Around the Apollo Mission Control Room at Space Center Houston

Thanks to the town of Webster, a Kickstarter campaign, and help from many, many Houstonians, the room looks exactly as it did when Neil Armstrong touched down on the moon.

By Dianna Wray  6/25/2019 at 12:00am  Published in the July 2019 issue of Houstonia

JULY, 1969: It was a smoky, high-tech-for-the-time room, full of buzzcut men, and exactly one woman, puffing away and gulping coffee. There, in Mission Operations Control Room 2—or “Houston,” as the callsign went—the team worked together to ensure that the Apollo 11 astronauts completed their mission and came back to Earth intact.

“This was a place where amazing things happened,” says William Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “It’s a human story. In this room people did incredible things. The room itself was remarkable. Nothing like it had ever been built before. Everyone knew how important it was.”

And yet by 2017 the historic site had been listed as “threatened” by the National Park Service, the victim of unlimited visitor access and a dearth of preservation funds. The famed state-of-the-art devices that had allowed Houston to speak with the Apollo 11 crew across 200,000-plus miles were missing knobs and buttons; the carpet was held together with tape; and, through the flickering lights, you could see the thin layer of dust coating the entire space.

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