July 7, 2011
Astronaut Christopher J. (Gus) Loria (foreground), spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) of the ascent shift for the STS-104 mission, directs his attention to data related to the Space Shuttle Atlantis and its impending launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) several hundred miles away from this Houston setting at the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center (MCC). Seated next to Loria is astronaut Mark L. Polansky, ascent and entry shift CAPCOM for weather issues. As soon as the vehicle cleared the tower in Florida, the Houston-based team of flight controllers took over the ground control of the flight.
Topics: Mission Control Center, flight controller, NASA, Disaster Accident, Mark L. Polansky, Christopher Loria, Gregory J. Harbaugh, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Spaceflight, United States, Texas, Houston