Mission Controller

Mission Controllers are the brains of the operation who keep the mission on track.

The teams that work in Mission Control in Space City have been vital to every U.S. human spaceflight since the Gemini IV mission in 1965, including the Apollo missions that took humans to the Moon. Now, with a permanent human presence aboard the International Space Station, flight control teams of experienced engineers and technicians are on duty seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Flight controllers keep a constant watch on the crew’s activities and monitor spacecraft systems, crew health and safety as they check every system to ensure operations proceed as planned. These highly trained flight controllers have the skills needed to closely monitor and maintain increasingly complex missions and to respond to unexpected events.

Mission Controller Mission Checklist

Complete items 1-10 in any order as you explore the center.

1 Apollo 13 Carbon Dioxide Filter
Main Plaza
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2 Flown Apollo 17 spacecraft
Starship Gallery
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3 Gene Kranz Apollo 17 vest
Starship Gallery
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4 Lunar surface camera
Starship Gallery
5 Mission Control Console
Starship Gallery
6 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
Independence Plaza
7 NASA 905 cockpit in 360
Independence Plaza
8 SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
Near Independence Plaza
9 Saturn V rocket
Rocket Park
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10 Conrad's Apollo 12 suit
Astronaut Gallery
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Submit your completed mission checklist to get your badge.

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