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NASA's Mission Control is ready to land humans on the moon again, multiple times a day.
The Apollo-era Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR, pronounced "moh-ker"), a National Historic Landmark since 1985, has been restored to appear as it did when astronauts first walked on the moon 50 years ago. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning (June 28) marked the completion of the restoration and the restart of the room's use, now to re-stage the Apollo 11 first moon landing during daily public tours at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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"I'm thrilled this facility will be open for the public to view. It is my hope that it will serve as inspiration for generations to come," Mark Geyer, director of Johnson Space Center, said in a statement. "Apollo captured the world's attention and demonstrated the power of America's vision and technology."
Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for Johnson Space Center, runs the tours that will bring visitors to the historic Mission Control. The center's NASA tram tour will begin taking the public to the restored MOCR on Monday (July 1).
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"[Visitors] used to experience, when they came in, we would tell them about Mission Control, but none of the screens were lit up, none of the consoles were lit up. There was no audio, there was no video really at all," Tracy Lamm, Space Center Houston's chief operating officer, told collectSPACE.com. "The new experience, as you come in, you'll get to learn a bit more about Mission Control in the lobby, and, as you're walking up the stairs, you'll get to hear some of the [audio] loops that are going on."
Visitors will hear the real voices of the flight controllers from 50 years ago just as Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were preparing to begin their descent to the...
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