The inspiration for the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung
Heroes of Apollo At first glance, it looks like just another
auditorium in just another government building. But among the
talented men (and later women) who worked in mission control, the
room located on the third floor of Building 30—at what is now
Johnson Space Center—would become known by many as "the Cathedral."
These members of the space program were the brightest of their
generations, making split-second decisions that determined the
success or failure of a mission. The flight controllers, each
supported by a staff of specialists, were the most visible part of
the operation, running the missions, talking to the heavens,
troubleshooting issues on board, and, ultimately, attempting to
bring everyone safely back home. None of NASA's storied
accomplishments would have been possible without these people.
Interviews with dozens of individuals who worked in the
historic third-floor mission control room bring the compelling
stories to life. Go, Flight! is a real-world reminder of where
we have been and where we could go again given the right political
and social climate. Purchase the audio edition.