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Philip
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posted 09-13-2017 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We all know that each Apollo flight started with the Launch Control Center (LCC) at the Cape until the booster had cleared the launch tower, when responsibility was handed over to the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas...

Lesser known is the Goddard Space Flight Center Operations Control in Greenbelt, Maryland. Was that intended as a backup facility?

Jim Behling
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posted 09-13-2017 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Goddard operated the Manned Space Flight Network and it would have a control center.

Cozmosis22
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posted 10-09-2017 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed the STADAN (Spaceflight Tracking And Data Acquisition Network) was located in Greenbelt, Maryland and was an integral part of manned and unmanned space flights. Here is similar badge from the Goddard facility issued for the Apollo 17 mission.

Jim Behling
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posted 10-09-2017 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the time of Apollo 11, STADAN was separate from the Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN). They were combined in 1971 to form STDN.

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