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Apollo Mission Control

The Making of a National Historic Landmark

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  • Publication coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 2019

  • Includes anecdotes by flight controllers about their duties and time on-console during historic Apollo missions

  • Contains appendices with details of the history, photos, quotes, names and the work of the people involved in designing, operating and later restoring the Apollo Control Center

  • Explains the ongoing work of the Manned Spaceflight Operations Association, organized to oversee the restoration project

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Space Exploration (SPACEE)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 1-4
  3. Mission Control Concepts

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 5-7
  4. The Original Mission Control Center

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 8-12
  5. A Control Center for the Future

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 13-25
  6. From Concepts to Reality

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 26-83
  7. The Missions

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 84-120
  8. The People

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 121-151
  9. Abandoned in Place

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 152-156
  10. Restoration

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 157-175
  11. The 50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing

    • Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 176-180
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 181-285

About this book

This book describes the history of this now iconic room which represents America’s space program during the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and early Space Shuttle eras. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is being restored to a level which represents the day the flight control teams walked out after the last lunar landing missions. 

The book is dedicated to the estimated 3,000 men and women who supported the flights and tells the story from their perspective. It describes the rooms of people supporting this control center; those rooms of engineers, analysts and scientists most people never knew about. Some called it a “shrine” and some called it a “cathedral.” Now it will be restored to its former glory and soon thousands will be able to view the place where America flew to the moon.      

Keywords

  • Houston Mission Control Center
  • Mission Operation Control Room
  • MOCR
  • golden age of spaceflight
  • Apollo era history
  • Apollo lunar landing 50th anniversary
  • National Historic Landmark
  • MCC
  • Manned Spaceflight Operations Association

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leander, USA

    Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried

About the author

Dutch Von Ehrenfried has worked in both the spaceflight and aviation fields for about 25 years. He was a NASA Flight Controller in Mission Control for many Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions. Dutch also worked on some of the Apollo Lunar Experiment Packages from an operations point of view as well as experiments that went into Skylab from an Earth Resources Program perspective. He later worked in the NASA Headquarters Space Station Task Force and the Program Office as a contractor for about 10 years, and the FAA Aviation Safety Office for a year. In recent years, he has written several books in the Springer-Praxis series.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-76684-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)