Nearly 50 years after it took us to the moon, NASA is launching a campaign to restore the historic mission control room to its Apollo-era glory

The crew of the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission are shown in their space suits on their way to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Kennedy, Fla., Saturday, April 11, 1970. Flight Commander James A. Lovell Jr., is waving, followed by Lunar Module pilot John L. Swigert Jr., and Command Module pilot Fred W. Haise Jr. An explosion on board forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. (AP Photo/NASA)

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As Americans all over the country celebrated the 48th anniversary of the moon landing on Thursday, NASA announced the launch of its initiative to restore the historic mission control room.

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To pay for the restorations, Space Center Houston started the “The Webster Challenge: Restore Historic Mission Control” through Kickstarter, which is on course to raise $250,000 over the next 30 days.

Historic mission control is the room many people associate with NASA, given it was used throughout the Apollo, Gemini and Shuttle missions when all eyes were set on space, and an estimated $5 million is needed to revitalize the famed control room.

If the project is able to raise the target funds, renovations will include restoring flight control consoles and reactivating wall displays with projections of how they looked during the Apollo moon missions.

Current NASA operations are controlled from a modernized, state-of-the art mission control room, which opened in 1995.

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While the $5 million cost for the entire project may seem unreachable, the city of Webster is contributing $3.5 million, as well as matching funds if the Kickstarter makes its goal.

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