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Yes, Hubble is actively controlled from the ground. See this NASA page on Hubble Mission Operations Examples include monitoring and adjusting the spacecraft’s subsystems (e.g., power, thermal, data management, pointing control, etc.), flight software development, sustaining engineering of the control center hardware and software, and systems ...


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While the Mission Control Center's (MCC) Real Time Computer Complex (RTCC) was designed, as the name says, to receive and process data to the consoles in real time, it also recorded the voice and telemetry data ("logging"). "Delogging" was the the process of going back into the recorded data and extracting desired parameters for a ...


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They needed the money. Sometimes it seemed the Russian space program would do almost anything to raise money..... (the book goes on to describe renting out the TsUP's lobby to a Czech lighting-fixture company, flying a Japanese journalist to Mir for cash, charging fees for interviews with program management, etc) The Russians were especially adept ...


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I asked my friend and former shuttle FDO Roger Balettie about this, he kindly gave me permission to quote him ..those are "Eidophor" displays - similar in nature to the much larger versions back in the Bat Cave behind the 10x10 and 10x20 front displays. They were used early on in the Shuttle Program for the FDOs to have clear overlays to put onto ...


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During the launch of STS-93, which had lots of exciting onboard anomalies, one of the projectors in the Houston Mission Control Center almost caught on fire. It was just a couple of minutes later that one of the projectors hanging from the ceiling in Mission Control – the projectors that put up the displays on the front screens – overheated and ...


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Sources are from Ed Pavelka's oral histories in April and May 2001. The idea came up when Flight Director Gene Kranz asked Pavelka for a way to improve morale: Gene Kranz thought in the military way about the morale of his troops, so to speak, and he wanted a way that he could kind of raise the morale. So he talked to me about something that we might be ...


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