Support teams at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, launch site and
the Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center work as a team to ready the shuttle for launch and monitor its ascent to orbit. These highly
trained scientists and engineers "look over the shoulders" of the astronauts
on board. Each team member has a specific area of responsibilities and
duties to fulfill to ensure a safe, successful space flight.
Curator: Kim Dismukes
Complex 39, Pads A and B
- These launchpads are equipped to provide everything the shuttle
requires for launch.
Control Center - Firing Room
- Take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center launch control room in Florida.
- Mission Control Center
- Take a tour of the Flight Control Room in Houston.
Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster Retrieval Ships
- In advance of every shuttle launch, two specially-fitted ships sail
into the Atlantic to retrieve the reusable boosters.
Shuttle Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) Sites
- If something goes wrong after launch, the shuttle can land safely
on a runway in Europe or north Africa. Weather
data for TAL sites is also available.
Shuttle and Payload Processing
- Prior to a mission, technicians refurbish the orbiter and prepare
payloads for launch.
Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty
Updated: 21 May 1998
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