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Apollo Mission Control

The Making of a National Historic Landmark


  • Publication coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 2019

  • Includes anecdotes by flight controllers about their duties and time on-console during historic Apollo missions

  • Contains appendices with details of the history, photos, quotes, names and the work of the people involved in designing, operating and later restoring the Apollo Control Center

  • Explains the ongoing work of the Manned Spaceflight Operations Association, organized to oversee the restoration project


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 1-4
  3. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 5-7
  4. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 8-12
  5. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 13-25
  6. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 26-83
  7. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 84-120
  8. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 121-151
  9. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 152-156
  10. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 157-175
  11. Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried
    Pages 176-180
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 181-285

About this book


This book describes the history of this now iconic room which represents America’s space program during the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and early Space Shuttle eras. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is being restored to a level which represents the day the flight control teams walked out after the last lunar landing missions. 

The book is dedicated to the estimated 3,000 men and women who supported the flights and tells the story from their perspective. It describes the rooms of people supporting this control center; those rooms of engineers, analysts and scientists most people never knew about. Some called it a “shrine” and some called it a “cathedral.” Now it will be restored to its former glory and soon thousands will be able to view the place where America flew to the moon.      


Houston Mission Control Center Mission Operation Control Room MOCR golden age of spaceflight Apollo era history Apollo lunar landing 50th anniversary National Historic Landmark MCC Manned Spaceflight Operations Association

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LeanderUSA

About the authors

Dutch Von Ehrenfried has worked in both the spaceflight and aviation fields for about 25 years. He was a NASA Flight Controller in Mission Control for many Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions. Dutch also worked on some of the Apollo Lunar Experiment Packages from an operations point of view as well as experiments that went into Skylab from an Earth Resources Program perspective. He later worked in the NASA Headquarters Space Station Task Force and the Program Office as a contractor for about 10 years, and the FAA Aviation Safety Office for a year. In recent years, he has written several books in the Springer-Praxis series.

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