Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Johnson Space Center (JSC) was established in 1961 as NASA’s Manned Spaceflight Center. The center has led many of NASA’s efforts in human space exploration, including the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs.[1]

Home to NASA’s astronaut corps, JSC is responsible for the training of astronauts and space explorers from the U.S. and space station partner nations. NASA’s astronaut corps is comprised of astronauts, engineers, and other space flight professionals with primarily engineering, scientific, and military backgrounds that learn skills and procedures to help them operate equipment during a mission. JSC also manages the development, testing, production and delivery of all U.S. human spacecraft, and all human spacecraft-related functions including life support systems, power systems, crew equipment, electrical power generation and distribution, guidance, navigation and control, cooling systems, structures, flight software, robotics, spacesuits and spacewalking equipment.[2]

Possibly the most well-known part of JSC is the Mission Control Center, or MCC. The Mission Control Center directs all space shuttle missions including the International Space Station (ISS) assembly flights, as well as managing all activity on the ISS.[3]

JSC is the lead center in the design and implementation of the International Space Station. It coordinates the efforts of 16 nations worldwide that are involved in the ISS.[4]

JSC’s organizational structure is illustrated below and Mr. Mark S. Geyer serves as the current director of the Johnson Space Center.

(Source: NASA)

Information on doing business with JSC can be found here.

Updated November 2020, Theresa Pipher