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NASA Facilities Weather Hurricane Rita
The MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured this image of Hurricane Rita on September 24, 2005. The three NASA facilities that were in the path of Hurricane Rita are making damage assessments and cleaning up. NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi sustained minor or no storm damage.

Image left: Rita makes landfall, seen in a Sept. 24 image from NASA's Terra satellite. Photo credit: NASA

Johnson reopens to all employees Tuesday. Mission Control Center in Houston reestablished communications with the international space station today. Full handover of operational control and support duties for the space station from flight controllers in Russian mission control takes place early Tuesday morning. Control of the station was transferred to Russian mission control Wednesday when Johnson was evacuated and before Rita made landfall.

Johnson employees are being asked to check a recorded message at: 281/483-3351 or 877/283-1947 for information on when the center will reopen. They also are urged to check in by calling: 877/470-5240.

The Michoud Assembly Facility reopened today for limited work. Emergency operations personnel spent Sunday picking up debris and inspecting for damage. The facility, which makes space shuttle external fuel tanks, evacuated about 100 employees last Thursday ahead of Rita. About 40 “ride-out” personnel stayed a Michoud during the storm.

About 40 miles east of Michoud, NASA’s Stennis Space Center, where space shuttle main engines are tested, sustained no storm damage.
 Employees can check JSC's status by phoning:
(281) 483-3351 or
(877) 283-1947

Employees are asked to check in after the storm by noon Monday at:

Employees can also check in by e-mail at

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