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What’s It Like to Work in NASA’s Mission Control Center?

What’s It Like to Work in NASA’s Mission Control Center?

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At top is Chloe Mehring, a woman with shoulder-length brown hair, poses for a picture in the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She wears a black blazer, and her arms are crossed as she smiles. The words "Chloe Mehring" are underneath her arms. Behind her are several desks lining an aisle. On the desks are many computer screens. Large screens line the walls with the logos of NASA and other space agencies, times, maps, and more information.

Diane Dailey (bottom), a woman with brown hair, poses for a picture in the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She wears a black blazer, and her arms are crossed as she smiles. Her name, "Diane Dailey" is written below her. Dailey stands at a desk with three monitors on it, as well as a telephone and several cords. Her nameplate, reading “Flight Director” is visible at the center of the photo. Behind her are several large screens lining the walls. Various information is displayed on those screens, but a map of the world and the Horizon Flight logo are most prominent. There are also people working at other desks in the room. 

In the center of the image is an orange many-pointed star shape. The text in the sticker says "Tumblr answer time." Credit: NASA, Tumblr
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What’s It Like to Work in NASA’s Mission Control Center?

In the latest installment of our First Woman graphic novel series, we see Commander Callie Rodriguez embark on the next phase of her trailblazing journey, as she leaves the Moon to take the helm at Mission Control.

Two panels from the second issue of First Woman, NASA’s graphic novel series following fictional astronaut Callie Rodriguez. In the first panel, Callie, dressed in a suit, speaks to an astronaut while working at Mission Control. She says, “Commander! We’re getting updated readings from the surface. The weather’s changing rapidly. There’s a new dust storm at the landing site. You may have to assume manual control as you approach the surface. The decision will be yours.” The speech bubble overlaps into the second panel, which shows the many desks and computer monitors in Mission Control. On the screen, we can see the astronaut Callie is speaking to. Credit: NASAALT

Flight directors work in Mission Control to oversee operations of the International Space Station and Artemis missions to the Moon. They have a unique, overarching perspective focused on integration between all the systems that make a mission a success – flight directors have to learn a little about a lot.

Diane Dailey and Chloe Mehring were selected as flight directors in 2021. They’ll be taking your questions about what it’s like to lead teams of flight controllers, engineers, and countless professionals, both agencywide and internationally, in an Answer Time session on Nov. 28, 2023, from noon to 1 p.m. EST (9-10 a.m. PST) here on our Tumblr!

Like Callie, how did their unique backgrounds and previous experience, prepare them for this role? What are they excited about as we return to the Moon?

🚨 Ask your questions now by visiting https://nasa.tumblr.com/ask.

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Our Answer Time with flight directors Diane Dailey and Chloe Mehring is now scheduled for Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST). Join us then to see your questions answered!

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