After shuttle lands, Mission Control workers will be out of work
HOUSTON - In the geeky world of space engineering, this large, high-ceilinged room is close to holy. Inside, people speak in hushed tones and observe time-honored traditions.
The place is Mission Control. Beginning moments after launch, flight controllers choreograph everything astronauts do, from waking and eating to walking in space.
"That building, we think of it as a cathedral of spaceflight,'' said John McCullough, head of NASA's flight director office. Flight controllers are "the keepers and enforcers of traditions'' that date back to the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo days.
"You just feel the ghosts when you are in that room,'' McCullough said.
Great job crew now bring that baby home.