NASA/Johnson Space Center
NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) is located on over 1,700 acres in the Clear Lake area of Houston. It was first established in 1961 and later renamed in 1973 in honor of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson, a native Texan. JSC is one of NASA’s largest research and development facilities and mission control for all U.S. manned space flight communications, including the International Space Station and Exploration Programs. From the early space exploration projects Gemini, Apollo and Skylab, came the historic moment when the first word from the moon was “Houston,” and deservedly so, as it took a 15,000-member team in Houston to develop, test and put into action what millions around the world watched on television in 1969. Since its inception, JSC continues to make significant advances in science, aeronautics, technology, engineering and medicine.
NASA’s long-term plans involve deep space exploration; and Texas and Houston will play critical roles along the way. JSC’s workforce represents 11,000 jobs, including civil servants and contractor personnel employed on-site or in facilities in the area. JSC has a huge economic impact on Houston and Texas with a total requested 2018 budget of $4.7 billion, which designates $1.4 billion for the International Space Station, $1.2 billion for the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, $731.9 million for the Commercial Crew Program, $210 million for Advanced Exploration Systems and $1.7 billion for the Commercial Cargo Program.
The Mission Control Center (MCC) at Johnson Space Center directs all space missions, including international space station assembly flights. MCC also manages all activity on board the international space station. JSC serves as the lead NASA center for the International Space Station – a U.S.-led collaborative effort of 16 nations and the largest, most powerful, complex human facility to ever operate in space. JSC leads the way to deep space exploration by integrating science and engineering to develop how we travel, work, explore and live in deep space. Next stop, Mars!
This NASA/Johnson Space Center overview is part of the annual 2019 Houston Economic Outlook.
Sections covered in the full report include:
Population Growth | Employment Sector | Business Climate | Global Energy Capital | Petrochemical & Plastics Industry | Port Houston | NASA/Johnson Space Center | Mobility Infrastructure | Airport System | Texas Medical Center | Biosciences & Biotechnology