August 6, 2011
Astronaut Duane G. Carey, spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM), is pictured at his console in the shuttle flight control room (WFCR) in Houston's Mission Control Center (MCC). At the time this photo was taken the Space Shuttle Columbia was about to launch at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Columbia launched at 9:39 a.m. (CST) on January 16, 2003. Once the vehicle cleared the tower in Florida, the Houston-based team of flight controllers took over the ground control of the STS-107 flight.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Environment, Margaret Rhea Seddon, STS-1, Mission Control Center, Jerry L. Ross, Edwards Air Force Base, flight controller, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle program