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The Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center (commonly known as just the Launch Control Center or LCC) is a four-story building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, used to manage launches of launch vehicles from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39. Attached to the southeast corner of the Vehicle Assembly Building, the LCC contains offices; telemetry, tracking, and instrumentation equipment; and firing rooms.
LCC has conducted launches since the unmanned Apollo 4 (Apollo-Saturn 501) launch on November 9, 1967. LCC’s first launch with a human crew was Apollo 8 on December 21, 1968. NASA’s Space Shuttle program also used LCC. NASA has renovated the center for the upcoming Space Launch System (SLS) missions, which are scheduled to begin in 2022 with Artemis 1. In February 2022, the center was renamed after former launch director Rocco A. Petrone.
After liftoff, responsibility is handed over to NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas (abbreviated MCC-H, full name Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center), at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston also manages the U.S. portions of the International Space Station (ISS).
- Sources: Artemis I sequence of events, funkystuff.org
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