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The International Space Station control room at NASA's Mission Control Center.

A Mission Control Center (MCC) is an entity that manages aerospace vehicle flights. The MCC is often part of a national aerospace agency or a large aerospace company. There are several such national agencies in the world, the top four being:

The main task of an MCC is to manage space missions, usually from the point of liftoff until the landing or the end of the mission. A staff of flight controllers and other support personnel monitor all aspects of the mission using telemetry, and send commands to the vehicle using ground stations. Personnel supporting the mission from an MCC can include representatives of the attitude control system, power, propulsion, thermal, attitude dynamics, orbital operations and other subsystem disciplines. The training for these missions usually falls under the responsibility of the flight controllers, typically including extensive rehearsals in the MCC.

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NASA's Mission Control Center

NASA's Mission Control Center (MCC-H), at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas manages all manned spaceflight of NASA, including the U.S. portions of the International Space Station (ISS) and the space shuttle.

RKA Mission Control Center

ISS control room of the FKA Mission Control Center

The Mission Control Center of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Russian: Центр управления полётами), also known by its acronym Цуп ("TsUP") is located in Korolyov, near the RKK Energia plant. It contains an active control room for the ISS. It also houses a memorial control room for the Mir where the last few orbits of Mir before it burned up in the atmosphere are shown on the display screens.

Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center

Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center is a command center for the Chinese space program which includes the Shenzhou missions. The building is inside a complex nicknamed Aerospace City. The city is located in a suburb northwest of Beijing.

Other Important Mission Control Centers

Space centers involved with the ISS.

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