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    Newly restored Apollo Mission Control

    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

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    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.
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    COOL!
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    I bet the Skillcraft pens were better back then! Thanks for the great pics :D
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    Very nice, thanks for sharing!


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    Fantastic pictures. Better than any I've seen so far. What a gem to have back on display.
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    Awesome photos, thanks for sharing.

    I visited Johnson for the first time back in February but took the other tour (I believe it was the Astronaut training center tour). I'll have to make a trip back the next time I'm in Houston for work to do the control room tour.

    The Saturn V was definitely the highlight though.
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    This restoration work was done in the Spaceworks division of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS. Same guys who built the EVA suits for the Apollo 13 film, and did the restoration of the Liberty 7 capsule.
    The CEO of the Cosmosphere gave a talk at the University here in Wichita, with a lot of very interesting information about the utter attention to detail which that project was given.
    And of course...he was wearing a Speedy 😁 !
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    Re: Newly restored Apollo Mission Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Grover38 View Post
    This restoration work was done in the Spaceworks division of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS. Same guys who built the EVA suits for the Apollo 13 film, and did the restoration of the Liberty 7 capsule.
    The CEO of the Cosmosphere gave a talk at the University here in Wichita, with a lot of very interesting information about the utter attention to detail which that project was given.
    And of course...he was wearing a Speedy !
    They did a great job, as they have done many times previously.

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    I have walked that floor with the wife sndnkids. The weight of the history is palpable. It's amazing to ponder what went on there.

    When you stand in front of the water fountain and read the plaque from Apollo 13.

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    This is going on the bucket list!

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