Getting the flavor of…
Apollo 11’s mission control center
“Project Apollo’s Mission Operations Control Room never looked—or smelled—so good,” said Marcia Dunn in the Associated Press. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the Houston control room where chain-smoking flight directors radioed back and forth with the Apollo 11 astronauts has been restored to its 1960s glory. The landmark site, which served as mission control for 30 years, had fallen into disrepair after NASA stopped using it for space-shuttle missions in the ’90s. Today, the “meticulously re-created” space looks just as it did on July 20, 1969, “down to the tan carpeting, gray-green wallpaper, amber glass ashtrays, and retro coffee cups.” All that’s missing is a thick haze of cigarette smoke. Even the original computer consoles blink with new lights, and on their tiny screens you can see a flickering picture of the Lunar Module Eagle just as it would have looked 50 summers ago.