Taking a break from my (unintentional) August hiatus to signal-boost a very worthwhile Kickstarter ending in less than 48 hours: Restore Historic Mission Control. I sat at a console in this room once, in 1999. The weight of history in there is tangible. It was amazing.
If you witnessed, or were inspired by, the Apollo program and the feats of engineering and ingenuity that resulted in no less than 12 men on the moon, please join me in donating to this Kickstarter. Every dollar helps preserve this very special, very historic place!
Historic Mission Control urgently needs restoration. Please help preserve this National Historic Landmark.
The Apollo Mission Control Center (MCC) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the site where NASA’s flight control team planned, trained and executed a series of human spaceflight missions whose goal was to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission achieved that historic goal – one of the most significant achievements in human history. In 1985, Historic Mission Control, a “cathedral of engineering,” was named to the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its historical significance.
Fast-forward more than 30 years later: Unlimited visitor access and declining budgets have taken a toll on this much-revered site. The result is that the condition of the Historic Mission Control has deteriorated to the point that the National Park Service listed it as “threatened” in 2015.
With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 approaching in 2019, restoration of Historic Mission Control is now urgent, and a crowd of supporters is gathering. Retired Historic Mission Control operations team members are working with Space Center Houston to secure the funds needed to restore the site and create a world-class visitor experience that will inspire future generations through this amazing story of technological and human achievement. In 2016, Space Center Houston launched a $5 million campaign to fund this important effort.
The nearby City of Webster, Texas, was home to many of the flight controllers, engineers, scientists and other Apollo-program personnel during the heyday of Apollo. In early 2017, the City of Webster stepped forward with a lead gift of $3.1 million for the campaign. On top of this major contribution, they added a challenge grant to encourage broad public participation in the campaign. “The Webster Challenge” will match your gifts, dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $400,000, to help us meet our $5 million goal to restore Historic Mission Control. This Kickstarter campaign and the “Webster Challenge” is your chance to take part in this important mission.