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Johnson Space Center Reopens
09.22.08
 
NASA'S Johnson Space Center in Houston reopened on Monday, Sept. 22, ending its closure related to Hurricane Ike. Johnson shut down Sept. 11 as Ike approached the Texas coast.

International Space Station flight control resumed from Mission Control in Houston on Friday, Sept. 19. During the storm, station flight control was transferred to a backup facility near Austin, Texas, and later, to another facility at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The Mission Control Center and other key Johnson facilities are largely unscathed, partly because of extensive preparations and the work of a hurricane rideout team of more than 60 people. However, some center buildings suffered roof, window and fa├žade damage. Several light poles were downed, as were a number of trees.

jsc2008e116292 -- Workers are in the center's Mission Evaluation Room after the storm

jsc2008e116292 (Sept. 17, 2008)-- Preparations like prestorm covering of electronic equipment and mitigation after Ike's passage were vital in prevention of major damage at Johnson Space Center. Here workers are in the center's Mission Evaluation Room after the storm. Credit: NASA.

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jsc2008e116308 -- Ike caused roof leaks, some damage to buildings and downed trees at Johnson Space Center

jsc2008e116308 (Sept. 17, 2008)-- Ike caused roof leaks, some damage to buildings and downed trees at Johnson Space Center. This damage, since repaired, occurred to a wall of the lobby of the center's Teague Auditorium. Credit: NASA.

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