NASA’s Mission Control, Houston, Celebrates 50th Anniversary

>>Two, one, booster ignition.>>[ Music ]>>Gemini Four was the first
time that this center was in charge of the mission. That made a statement
at that time. It said okay, by golly
we’re ready to go.>>I think the control center
would be the symbol of what we did in the human space program. It was our place where we came
in to execute the missions that we had planned.>>Mission Control is at
the heartbeat of any space operations program.>>It’s a place full of giants,
and I will tell you why. The last man on the moon, Gene
Cernan, often referred to the men and women in Mission Control
and the people around Mission Control.>>We were riding and
standing on their shoulders. And they indeed are giants
in American history.>>One of the things that was
done very early was Gene Kranz brought the team together and
told everybody, “I want you to go back to your offices, I want
you on your black boards to put tough and competent. And I don’t want you to
erase those two words.”>>We’re programming
our culture. And that’s what our culture is. It’s achievement
through excellence. It’s leadership. It’s teamwork. It’s being part of a bigger team
and your contribution to that team.>>When we face challenges we
need to leverage the entire team in order to overcome
those challenges.>>You’ve got to maintain
vigilance throughout the entire time of doing this
very risky business. We’ve had three major
accidents in this business. Apollo One fire. We had the loss of Challenger. We had the loss of Columbia. You can’t set
those things aside. But if you do set them aside for
a little bit and you think about all the other missions that
we have flown humans in space. There hasn’t been a single
mission flown that there wasn’t something that had to be done
differently during the mission. We’ve had to change plans. Some of them were major,
some were more minor. But in all cases the team on the
ground, in Mission Control and around Mission Control, and the
international partners when they were involved as well. Every time there was a problem
on these missions we have found a way to solve the problem
and complete the mission.>>Since the retirement of
shuttle, the completion of space station, we’ve transitioned into
a mode where our station is an operating outpost rather than
just being in maintenance mode. We’re definitely utilized in
space station every day, every weekend even in many cases.>>The operations environment in
which we work is significantly different. When you’re trying to maintain
a permanent human presence and a laboratory in space as opposed
to a vehicle that is launched into orbit to execute
a very short mission.>>Space station is a team. And you know, it’s almost a
little more of a difficult team then what folks just in your
own home country are used to. Because on the station you’ve
got an international team.>>There are a number of
different Mission Control centers that must communicate
and work well together in order to support the
International Space Station.>>ESA, JAXA, Russia, Canada,
our science center in Marshall Space Flight Center, and
all providing input into MCC Houston. And the job, the core job of
Houston is obviously protecting the astronauts, protecting the
vehicle, achieving the mission objective.>>And as an astronaut it
makes you feel really good. Because you feel like someone
is looking at every little tiny number all the time.>>Whether it’s the piece of
equipment, whether it’s the crew inside or the tasks that are out
in front of them, are all being, all the details are being
thought, well some guy or gal is executing.>>So when you go to sleep at
night you should feel very safe and very secure that you are
being watched after all the time.>>Really bringing different
parts of NASA together. The science community and the
ops community together to go accomplish a huge mission.>>That’s way out has
a lot of capability.>>Such that okay,
it’s another platform. Again these small steps to
get you to your common goal. And that common goal
is getting to Mars.>>Going forward, Mission
Control is going to be crucial to any nature
exploration operation.>>Houston, Tranquility Base
here, the eagle has landed.>>Roger Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. We’ve got a bunch of
guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.

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  1. Happy Birthday Houston 50 years of looking after our astronauts and our space program keep up the good work you guys are the ones they call if there is a problem. as Gene Kranz said "work out the problem don't make it worse by guessing" you don't guess you get it done and accomplish the mission thats why you guys are the best in the space business. #MCC50th

  2. Hard to believe it's been 50 years. Houston… We have a birthday. Celebrate!

    I was there once, during the rescue of Apollo 13, one of the most intense experiences of my life. If it can be done, Mission Control will find a way.

  3. Happy Birthday Houston 51 years of watching after our astronauts.

  4. Happy Birthday Houston 52 years of looking after our astronauts. #MCC

  5. Happy Birthday Houston 53 years of looking after our astronauts keep up the good work #MCC53

  6. HERMOSISIMOS 50 AÑOS!!!! … y por muchos 50's más! Qué bueno homenajear a Gus Grisson de esta manera tan justa y merecida, y no con dolor.

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