Cosmosphere sends restored NASA consoles to Texas

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May 24, 2019 - 5:08 PM

NASA mission control consoles. COSMOSPHERE

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Mission control consoles used by NASA to guide trips to the moon are being restored by experts in Kansas and will soon be returned to the control room in Houston, Texas, where they were used from the 1960s through the 1990s.

SpaceWorks specializes in the restoration and replication of spacecraft and space artifacts, and is affiliated with Cosmosphere, the space museum and STEM education center in Hutchinson, Kansas. Spaceworks crews have restored 19 NASA mission control consoles over the last year and a half, the Hutchinson News reported.

NASA picked up 10 of the consoles last year, and the remainder will be sent to the Johnson Space Center in Houston on May 31. NASA is spending $5 million to restore the Houston mission control room.

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