PHO-TR155: MCC Operational Configuration. Credit: NASA

Lee Hutchinson over at ARS Technica has put together a great reference to each station in the Apollo Mission Control room. The feature article, Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA’s hallowed Mission Control Center, goes in depth into what “Mission Control” did during Apollo and how it all worked, but this is a station-by-station tour of Historical Mission Operations Control Room 2, or “MOCR 2.” As mentioned in the feature, MOCR 2 was used for almost every Gemini and Apollo flight, and in the late 1990s was restored to its Apollo-era appearance.

The layout

For most of Project Apollo, MOCR 2 had a fixed layout. Each station handled a specific, related group of functions; some watched over the spacecraft’s hardware, or its software, or its position in space, or over the crew itself. Here’s how things were laid out for most of Project Apollo:


MOCR 2′s layout through most of Project Apollo. Credit: NASA/Aurich Lawson

Continue reading this article in detail at ARS Technica.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/apollo-flight-controller-101-every-console-explained/4/

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