Apollo Mission Control Center

Also known as: Mission Control Center
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Flight Center, Houston, Texas


Mission control sign

The Mission Control Center is part of the tram tour at the Johnson Space Center.

Photo taken by Eric Polk in January 2016

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)




Represents the importance of the Johnson Space Center in the U.S. manned space-flight program. This control center was used to monitor 9 Gemini and all Apollo flights, Apollo-Soyuz, and all recent space shuttle flights. The center exercised full mission control of Apollo 11, from lift-off at the Kennedy Space Center, through the first landing of men on the moon in July 1969, to splashdown in the Pacific. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 3, 1985

Visiting and current status 

by Eric Polk

The Apollo Mission Control Center was used for the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 70s and for Space Shuttle Missions until 1992. When it was shut down, it was decided to try to restore it to its original 1960s state. The original consoles were found in storage and were installed into the Control Room so what is seen is exactly what was there when the moon landing happens. Even the seating in the viewing area is original, down to the ashtrays.

The Mission Control Center can be visited by taking the Tram Tour at the Johnson Space Center. It does cost to go into the Space Center but there is no extra cost for the Tram Tour. The National Historic Site plaque can be seen outside of the Control building.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 3, 1985
Reference number
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Other; Engineering
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Air-related; Communications facility
Current functions
Communications facility; Air-related
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1975-2000
Significant years
1965; 1985

Update Log 

  • January 15, 2016: Essay added by Eric Polk
  • January 15, 2016: New photos from Eric Polk