Johnson Space Center celebrating 60 years

The Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake opened in the early 1960s. (Courtesy Bill Stafford, NASA)
The Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake opened in the early 1960s. (Courtesy Bill Stafford, NASA)

The Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake opened in the early 1960s. (Courtesy Bill Stafford, NASA)

NASA’s Johnson Space Center at 2101 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, is celebrating its 60th anniversary all this year. On Sept. 19, 1961, NASA announced the Manned Spacecraft Center would be built near Houston. Construction of the Mission Control Center began in late 1962, and the facility officially opened its doors in September 1963. The center is responsible for astronaut training, communication with the International Space Station and missions to space, has a mockup of the ISS, and more. The space center was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1973. www.nasa.gov
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.