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Mission control center

International Space Station control rooms in Russia and in the United States.

A mission control center (MCC) is a facility that manages aerospace vehicle flights, usually from the point of lift-off until the landing or the end of the mission. A staff of flight controllers and other support personnel monitor all aspects of the mission using telemetry, and send commands to the vehicle using ground stations. Personnel supporting the mission from an MCC can include representatives of the attitude control system, power, propulsion, thermal, attitude dynamics, orbital operations and other subsystem disciplines. The training for these missions usually falls under the responsibility of the flight controllers, typically including extensive rehearsals in the MCC.


  • NASA's Mission Control Center 1
  • European Space Operations Centre 2
  • RKA Mission Control Center 3
  • Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center 4
  • Other significant centers 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

NASA's Mission Control Center

Prior to liftoff missions are controlled from the Launch Control Center (LCC) located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida.[1] Responsibility for the booster and spacecraft remains with the LCC until the booster has cleared the launch tower, when responsibility is handed over to the NASA's Mission Control Center (MCC-H), at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in Houston. The MCC also manages the U.S. portions of the International Space Station (ISS).

European Space Operations Centre

RKA Mission Control Center

The Mission Control Center of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Russian: Центр управления полётами), also known by its acronym ЦУП ("TsUP") is located in Korolyov, near the RKK Energia plant. It contains an active control room for the ISS. It also houses a memorial control room for the Mir where the last few orbits of Mir before it burned up in the atmosphere are shown on the display screens.

Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center

Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center is a command center for the Chinese space program which includes the Shenzhou missions. The building is inside a complex nicknamed Aerospace City. The city is located in a suburb northwest of Beijing.

Other significant centers

Space centers involved with the International Space Station.

See also


  1. ^ "Launch Control Center". NASA. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
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External links

  • (Russian) Mission Control Centre for the Russian Federal Space Agency
  • Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Columbus Control Centre
  • Automated Transfer Vehicle Control Centre
  • European Space Operations Center

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