We are just days away from the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. As technology improved over time, NASA reallocated the team behind the historic building to a more modern facility back in 1992. Since the mission room remains to be one of the most significant places of human history, NASA has restored the facility for general audience.
In a press release NASA revealed that the space agency worked to reintroduce the control room as a museum on July 1, 2019. If you visit the control room, you will be able to see the restored flight controls as well as actual data used during the historic mission. Moreover, you will the screens at the front of the control room have been reactivated with projectors showing the same images during the moon landing 50 years ago
“For me, as the historic preservation officer and just as an American, this is one of the most important and historic places on Earth,” said Sandra Tetley. “We landed two men on another celestial object, the Moon, and brought them safely home again. For us to be able to do that in this room, that’s significant. So, it’s important for me and for my team for [the Apollo control center] to be historically accurate. Not to look back and say, ‘This is more important than anything we’re doing now,’ but to look back and say, ‘This is significant. This is perhaps maybe as significant as Independence Hall, where we signed the Declaration of Independence.’”
In case you are interested, you can visit the room as part of NASA TRAM Tours and Level 9 VIP tours. The most impressive part about the entire restoring process is that the facility contains all of the features associated with society at the time. As a result, you might end up going back in time as you relive through the historic days leading up to our best accomplishment thus far.