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Mission Control Center

IMAGE: Mission Control Center Interactive
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Each console in the Flight Control Room is the base of operations for a flight control team. Click on the interactive at left to learn more about the responsibilities of a team.

Placed atop each console are initials or abbreviated names for each console's function. Each console also has a "call sign," the name the controller uses when talking to other controllers over the various telephone communication circuits. In some cases, console names or initials are the same as the call signs. Mission command and control positions, their respective initials and call signs are listed in the interactive above.

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The Space Shuttle Flight Control Room and the International Space Station Flight Control Room are basically identical in their equipment and supporting structure, however the ISS Flight Control Room is smaller than the Space Shuttle Flight Control Room and operates with fewer flight controllers. The Space Station Flight Control Room normally operates with a dozen or less flight controllers manning consoles, as compared to the 20 or so controllers normally manning the space shuttle room during a flight. Because the station team is smaller, the room has fewer consoles and is overall physically smaller than the shuttle room. The station room, however, uses workstations and support equipment identical to that used in the shuttle room, and most data related to flight control of the station or shuttle can be viewed from either room. In addition, the station room has two large display screens at the front of the room rather than three such as in the shuttle room, as well as fewer remote television cameras mounted in the room to provide a live broadcast of activities.

Inside MCC
IMAGE: Inside Mission Control Center
A view from the flight director's console inside the Mission Control Center.
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/26/2005
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