Funding Friday: Restore Historic Mission Control

This is so cool. I just backed it.


Comments (Archived):

  1. JimHirshfield

    Is this a moon shot kinda project?

    1. Michael Elling

      It’s one small step for man…

  2. pointsnfigures

    My grandfather woke me up to watch. I was 7. Amazed.

  3. Tom Labus


  4. William Mougayar

    Mission Control was such a source of inspiration. Indeed..

  5. DJL

    Awesome. If you take kids to Space Center Houston, they almost don’t believe space travel was real. You see how today’s youth really missed out on the “golden age” of space exploration, when Apollo landings were covered in the news. It was a time of great pride for our Country and motivated hundreds of thousands of kids (including me) to become engineers and scientists. Anything to recapture that magic would be a huge benefit.

    1. LE

      As highlighted in the movie ‘The Right Stuff’, that which the media gives the media can take away. [1]and motivated hundreds of thousands of kids (including me) to become engineers and scientists. It was significant for many reasons not only what you mentioned but also in the way the world saw the United States for getting to the moon first. A giant halo around us. No way to track the obviously enormous impact the event had on people around the world or how many people came to this country as a result of that one event.Not sure how accurate this is but highlights the cost of the various programs:http://www.thespacereview.c…[1] The early missions and events important, after that it all fades away and we obsess over a car chase on the LA freeway.

      1. DJL

        That is precisely why Obama needed to make sure it was properly destroyed. Anything that made America exceptional must go.In the mid 70’s there were numerous studies (or propaganda) that showed how the technology developed from manned spaceflight trickled out and created an 8x return for every dollar spent.

  6. Pete Griffiths

    An ex colleague and friend, Keith Haviland, who is a huge fan of the period and the heroes who undertook these incredible missions, produced the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, and is working on exciting other content to further educate people on just how astonishing these missions were. Encouragingly the documentary has been extremely well received, critically and commercially.Just a fantastic worthy project.

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      Dream job.

      1. Pete Griffiths

        Being a movie producer is, for most, a frustrating nightmare. But Keith was a hugely successful tech exec who has always been passionate in space exploration. This was a work driven by love.

  7. bfeld

    Awesome awesome find.

  8. JLM

    IN.”Houston, we’ve got a problem.”On that day in 1969, I had just matriculated at VMI. Maybe I should get restored?Most of the people reading these words hadn’t been born then.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

    1. LE

      Maybe I should get restored?You get today’s ‘as funny as @JimHirshfield:disqus award’.That said I am saddened that some of our best and brightest aren’t using their skills and gifts to do important things such as was done in the past in the ‘horn rim glasses days’.I just read where Jeff Immelt is being considered to run Uber. Do you think that someone of his caliber would essentially be working towards that particular ‘transportation problem’ back in the day? You know getting more taxis on the streets? What a challenging job. [1]…I profit off of this industry to be clear. So I am not sour grapes. But am really bothered by all of the young people (Jeff Immelt isn’t young but you get my point) that are using their brains for things we don’t need and that are of trivial benefit. [2] [1] You no doubt remember a period where movies were inspired by the Soviet Threat so we had things like ‘invasion of the body snatchers’ where you didn’t know who was invaded and who wasn’t. Well how about a modern version where young minds are being invaded by the lure of making a fast buck in a startup… See [2] again.[2] Not that I spend my time helping society but then again I’m not of that level of quality and don’t claim to be

      1. JLM

        .OK, so I’m putting you down as a solid MAYBE on my Kickstarter restoration project?I met and spent some time with Buzz Aldrin who is a very interesting guy. He was a West Pointer and flew in the Korean War, shooting down two MIGs. I always liked when he punched the news guy in the face who was trying to get him to admit the lunar landing was staged.He had some real personal problems.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

        1. LE

          Wow:…I did not know that (was it Carson who used to have that expression?).From that article (note to young people Cadillac was thee high class car brand back in the day….along with Lincoln.):It is a measure of how much his life changed, and how quickly, that within eight years of the tickertape parades and being feted around the world as a hero of our times, he ended up working at the Cadillac dealership in Beverly Hills. Not that he sold a single car in the six months or so he spent thereNASA thought of just about everything but not the impact of worldwide fame on the astronauts and/or their families.Restore JLM would have been a good April Fools Kickstarter.Actually Kickstarter should have a contest on April Fools where they mix in fake project with real projects to try and see if people can spot the fakes. This would no doubt garner a great deal of publicity for Kickstarter and be fun as well.

          1. JLM

            .Hey, uh, LE, I think your comment about “Restore JLM” being an appropriate April Fools Day gig is a violation of the community comment rules.I am going to research that.I think there are already some fake deals on K’starter.BTW, a certain Big Red Car is getting a bit of a face lift as we speak.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

        2. Pete Griffiths

          That guy later apologized to Buzz. )

          1. JLM

            .He gave him a good pop.Of course, I have been a fierce advocate of a return to dueling.http://themusingsofthebigre…Join me me in this important endeavor.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  9. jason wright

    ICO scammers to the moon? So cool, so necessary.

    1. JimHirshfield

      Hahaha, good one

  10. Frank W. Miller

    Wow, I used to work there.

    1. JLM

      .Haha. I have a relative who used to work on stuff like that.When people used to say to him, “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist,” he would say, “Of course, I am a rocket scientist.”JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

    2. ShanaC

      That’s so cool

      1. Frank W. Miller

        I suppose I should give you a little more detail. I worked at JSC from 1987 until 1993, primarily on the designs for the Space Station. I did all kinds of stuff but there were periods where I worked on the SS ops and we’d have to talk with all those folks. Gene Kranz who was the flight director in the control room for a lot of the Apollo flight was head of ops when I was there. He and his battalion of controllers scoured everything. I even got to take half a dozen flights on the Vomit Comet (… to test out some user interface ideas (this was pre laptops). This was definitely by far and away the kewlest job I’ve ever had. The reason was, I’ve yet to encounter a pool of engineers anywhere that was a good as those I worked with then.One of my favorite stories. A buddy of mine at the time (he was the manager of the Shuttle computers) jumped in a car and drove 17 hours straight to arrive at the Cape 3 hours before this launch:… This was the third launch after the return to flight. Since we had kewl NASA badges we were able to watch from a moblie launch platform that positioned next to the Mission Control building at 3 miles distance (the minimum distance for anybody from the launchpad). Nothing in my life can compare in any way to seeing a Shuttle jump off the pad. The Shuttle went up after a brief delay for fog and we got in the car and drove 17 hours straight back to Houston. Something you do when you’re in you’re 20s

        1. Lawrence Brass

          absolutely “keeewl”!What would be the major change in space programs from then to now in your opinion?

          1. Frank W. Miller

            Definitely the biggest macro change is commercialization. Within 5 years all the manned things that NASA did, getting to orbit, staying on orbit, and I think even going beyond orbit will be done strictly by commercial companies without involvement from NASA. Now is the time to pour money into this stuff. We’re sort at the same point we where when Mosaic came on the scene for the Internet. Commercial space is set to explode over the next 10-15 years. Kewl companies to watch are Boeing, SpaceX, Bigelow, Blue Origin (although I’d put them last right now), Lockheed, Rocketdyne, Sierra Nevada, maybe Morton and lots of little companies that are supplying these. Its an interesting mix of big and small and both will be successful. Its a tuff investment tho cuz is hardware so it takes a lot.

      2. Frank W. Miller

        I don’t know if I should do this, but this is me at the age of 28 or so in zero G. The guy on seat had just finished the vomit part which seemed to be related to BMI mostly. https://uploads.disquscdn.c

        1. Elvis Meisters

          Nice photo!

        2. ShanaC

          Great pictures. I’m never going to do the vomit coming. Even if offered. I think I’d vomit…

      3. Frank W. Miller

        One last comment for Fred’s benefit. If I were a VC, I’d be putting my money in commercial space. There doin some kickass work that will change our existence forever.

  11. awaldstein

    too cool.

  12. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:OFF TOPIC ALERT!TWIT FROM MEG WITTMAN (HPE CEO)”Normally I do not comment on rumors, but the speculation about my future and Uber has become a distraction. So let me make this as clear as I can. I am fully committed to HPE and plan to remain the company’s CEO. We have a lot of work still to do at HPE and I am not going anywhere. Uber’s CEO will not be Meg Whitman.”Uber continues to fumble. The Board members opposed to her won this battle.

  13. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS :The actual audio is amazing.”Apollo 11 we have a liftoff.”

  14. Vasudev Ram

    Fantastic video.Related – I had blogged this earlier this year:VIDEO: Astronaut Abby reaches for the stars (and Mars)…It is a video about a teenage scientist, Abigail Harrison, a.k.a. AstronautAbby aiming to be the first person to go to Mars.

  15. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Gene has excellent on camera presence!

    1. creative group

      Kirsten Lambertsen:We share similar exposure which we received via a grade school science teacher. He was around 55 when we were in his class. Where are the amazing women who were instrumental in the mission control programs? Sadly in the back rooms, etc.Science is still amazing even though we were subpar in that field but excelled in others.

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        My closest brush with the original astronauts is that my mom and dad had dinner with Gordo Cooper in the early ’80’s. He was piloting his single engine to California (I think), and stopped in my home town in Wyoming for the night. My dad (a pilot) happened to be hanging around the airport and offered to take him out for dinner.How did they not have someone take their picture with him? Sigh.

        1. LE

          As someone who voraciously takes pictures (and is often criticized for it) I have always noted that you don’t take pictures for the present you take them for the future. So something that seems not worthy of a picture (and god knows this did, right?) all the sudden becomes important later on.Just today I was looking a picture of my office from the 1990’s. On my desk were two big CRT monitors and more importantly what I was doing that day and the old Mac operating system (pre OSX). Super cool to me. Ditto for a video of my daughter taken in the 90’s asking how voices go on tapes that I have posted in the past.

          1. Kirsten Lambertsen

            Right. I mean, I’ve never regretted any of the photos or videos I’ve taken. It’s especially rewarding when stumbling across old ones I forgot I had. And yeah, the kids really really love and appreciate them!

    2. LE

      This actually explains a bit of why it is harder for woman to succeed compared to an equally qualified or even less qualified man. Not sure I am saying that the right way.Why? Because we have been conditioned to put a great deal of value on how men sound (and perhaps look) as an authoritative voice vs. women. Because generally we are exposed to more men that are in authoritative positions. Women doctors have this problem as only one small example I am familiar with. And this is true for men and women because we have both been exposed to the same thing, right?In any person of course voice and looks matter. No getting around that.Honestly this is no different with how people view beauty differently depending who who and what they have been exposed to. For example most of us have a particular look that we like even though we might recognize many types as being beautiful.Of course over time things can change. When I entered the business world I was viewed oddly because I dressed in dungarees and a down vest (I still got the sale over Xerox in suits but it was much harder than if I had been in a suit; ditto for women) Now of course the young guy or girl dressed casually is taken more seriously than if he were dressed in a suit at least in certain startup cultures.

  16. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:Fun facts regarding the NASA program.None of the Space Shuttles (130 Missions) are housed in Houston or near Mission Control but in others states. New York being one.But those who followed the NASA program as children always remember the Saturn V that took men to the Moon.The Documentary of the Unsung heroes behind the scenes provide a great story that needed to be told. And even after viewing it the story is still half baked.

  17. ShanaC

    Wow. Better question, why was it mothballed and not made into a museum in the first place

  18. awaldstein

    Walk on the Moon for all of its flaws captured much of that moment in time to those few who might have been at Woodstock or in a Jewish bungalow colony when this happened.

  19. creative group

    CONTRIBUTORS:Dr. Mae Jamison we acknowledge all the accomplishments of amazing and extraordinary women of all hues.

  20. creative group

    LE:Uber appears to be either fishing with hopes and dreams on that fishing line for bait or if they are in direct contact attempting to negotiate with CEO’s who are currently employed at larger going concerns they are exhibiting amateur hour unless the Directors who oppose the hiring (Travis K) is leaking this info to destroy the negotiations.Either way amateur hour. Similar to a current Administration. Not knowing what they don’t know.

  21. Dave Pinsen

    America’s high school varsity jacket. Doesn’t fit too well anymore, but we were state champs.Go Cougars.

  22. george

    This captures the true American Spirit of innovation – people working together, common purpose and vision!

  23. David Semeria

    Cool. But I don’t think they should restore the red telephone. The worn-out paint on the receiver tells its own story.