Attended the employee's preview of the newly restored Apollo Mission Operations Control Room used for Apollo 11 and many others before and after. The restoration is fabulous and the attention to historical detail is amazing. My pictures don't do it justice. The presentation is amazing and really takes you back to July 20, 1969. There's a presentation from Gene Kranz setting the stage (last few minutes before LM touchdown on the surface) and then the displays and audio take you through the landing in realtime. The displays follow along and you hear not only comm between Earth and Eagle, but between the controllers themselves. Very interesting!
Notice the ashtrays and the vintage cigarette packs, the vintage coffee mugs and even the vintage disposable coffee cups that you don't even see anymore. There's a vintage RC Cola can at one of the stations. The carpet, chairs, viewing room, wall paper and other things are all as they were back then. Even though the displays now use LEDs and are computer controlled, they even made the LEDs "fuzzy" to match the proper font and lack of crispness of the displays back then.
If you're ever in the Houston area, definitely go see it. Even if you've seen it in the past, that was nothing like now. I can't recommend this enough!
Apollo MOCR-1 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-2 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-3 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-4 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-5 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-6 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-7 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-8 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-9 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-10 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-11 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-12 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-13 by Russ, on Flickr
Apollo MOCR-14 by Russ, on Flickr
BTW, there was a beautiful Aqua Terra in the group with me. The guy wearing it didn't seem like a WIS though, so I didn't say anything to him.