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A community of backers from around the world joined Space Center Houston  and the City of Webster to help restore the historic Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center and preserve the legacy of the Apollo Program.
A community of backers from around the world joined Space Center Houston  and the City of Webster to help restore the historic Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center and preserve the legacy of the Apollo Program.
4,251 backers pledged $506,905 to help bring this project to life.
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    Download of Mission Patch

    A digital download of Michael Okuda's restoration project mission patch, including the story behind this patch, as written by Okuda himself.

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    NASA logo “Meatball” sticker

    In 1959, a NASA Lewis Research Center illustrator designed one of the most iconic logos in space history. It’s blue, tinged with stars and just so happens to be shaped like a meatball. What does it mean? In the "meatball" design, the sphere represents a planet, the stars represent space, the red chevron is a wing representing aeronautics (the latest design in hypersonic wings at the time the logo was developed), and then there is an orbiting spacecraft going around the wing.

    In addition to a “meatball” logo sticker, donors will receive a thank-you email and regular updates on the restoration.

    $15 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    One Small Step Package

    Display these two stickers with pride:
    -- Star Trek designer Michael Okuda's Mission Patch
    -- The iconic NASA "meatball" sticker

    Your small step will help us take one giant leap toward restoring a landmark of space history.

    $25 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    Commemorative T-shirt

    Let everyone know that you played a part in restoring a national landmark with this Webster Challenge: Restore Mission Control commemorative T-shirt.

    $35 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
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    Mission Patch designed by Michael Okuda

    Artist and designer Michael Okuda is best known for his work designing the LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) displays for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (ST:TNG) and literally writing the “ST:TNG Technical Manual.” He also has designed quite a few NASA mission patches in his career and graciously lent his services to this project to create a commemorative mission patch for the Webster Challenge: Restore Mission Control.

    Every NASA mission since Gemini V has featured a custom-designed patch unique to that mission and crew. Our mission to restore Historic Mission Control deserves nothing less.

    $55 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    Punch-Out Model of Apollo 11

    Build a piece of history. The actual Apollo command modules took years to construct, but it shouldn’t take you nearly as long to put together this beautiful punch-out model of the Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia.” This model celebrates the 50th anniversary of the module that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon and back, facilitating humanity’s first steps on the lunar surface July 20, 1969.

    $75 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
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    Punch-Out Model of Saturn V Rocket

    Build a piece of history. The Saturn V rockets produced 7.5 million pounds of thrust to push all the Apollo missions to the moon. You won’t need quite that much force to put together this gorgeous punch-out model of the Saturn V rocket, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon July 20, 1969.

    $75 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    Download of Mission Control documentary

    Variety magazine called it “an engrossing behind-the-scenes look at the flight controllers and support crews that helped America win the space race.” Here’s your chance to learn the inspiring story of how the men of Mission Control made the moon landings possible. Donors will receive a Vimeo download of the documentary "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo."

    $100 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    Mission Control Combo

    By popular demand: three favorites all in one package!

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    • Commemorative Restoration T-shirt
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
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    Mission Patch Print - Autographed

    The renowned Star Trek and NASA mission patch designer Michael Okuda has graciously offered this unique item: a personally autographed, print copy of the restoration mission patch, matted and ready for framing to hang in a special place.

    $150 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    Double t-shirt package

    This package includes TWO commemorative restoration t-shirts, one for you and a friend, plus TWO mission patches by Michael Okuda and two NASA meatball stickers!

    $120 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
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    Package of Commemorative Apollo Models

    This package is a model builder’s dream. Delve into the Apollo era in miniature as you build Metal Earth models of the Apollo lunar module and the lunar rover in addition to the 50th anniversary commemorative punch-out models of the Apollo 11 command module and the Saturn V rocket.

    With this, you can take your tiny astronauts into orbit with the rocket, fly them to a mini-moon in the command module, land them on a small surface with the lunar module and explore with the lunar rover.

    $190 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Apollo 11 Command Module
    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Saturn V Rocket
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
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    New Space Enthusiast Package

    Celebrate space in three different types of media. Donors at this level will receive a download of the documentary “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo;” a copy of Rick Houston and Milt Heflin's book: Go Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965-1992; and the model-builder’s kit with Metal Earth models of the Apollo lunar module and lunar rover with 50th anniversary punch-out models of the Apollo 11 Command Module and the Saturn V rocket.

    $195 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Apollo 11 Command Module
    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Saturn V Rocket
    • Metal Earth Models of Apollo 11 Lunar Module and Lunar Rover (2)
    • Commemorative Restoration T-shirt
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
    • Vimeo download of "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"
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    Annual Dual Membership and VIP Tour

    At Space Center Houston, the exciting present, the storied past and the inspiring future of space exploration is on display every day. Donors at this level will be able to explore all the center has to offer with an annual dual membership for two people. In addition, take a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of NASA Johnson Space Center, home of NASA’s human spaceflight program. Advance scheduling is required for this tour.

    $750 is deductible from your pledge for federal tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Vimeo download of "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
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    Lunch with Apollo Flight Controllers

    History makes the most impact when told first-hand by the people who lived through it. Transport yourself back to the Apollo era through the eyes of its flight controllers in a tour of Historic Mission Control. Hear stories from these men in the same room where they controlled the missions that landed men on the moon.

    In addition to this one-of-a-kind tour, donors at this level will have VIP seating for four at an Apollo-era panel presentation and luncheon at Space Center Houston and will get tickets for four to the “Destination Moon” exhibit, which opens Oct. 14, 2017.

    In “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” the historic Apollo 11 command module Columbia will leave the Smithsonian on tour for the first time since 1972. See the first and final lunar missions under one roof, as Space Center Houston is also the home to the Apollo 17 command module.

    $2,280 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    VIP premiere of Destination Moon

    Immerse yourself in the Apollo era this fall. Donors at this level will receive four tickets to the VIP world premiere of “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission” exhibit at Space Center Houston Oct. 11.

    In “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” the historic Apollo 11 command module Columbia will leave the Smithsonian on tour for the first time since 1972. See the first and final lunar missions under one roof, as Space Center Houston is also the home to the Apollo 17 command module. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    In addition, donors at this level will receive a $1,000 Patron-level membership at Space Center Houston, a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of NASA Johnson Space Center, including a tour of Historic Mission Control conducted by an Apollo-era flight controller.

    $4,358 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Vimeo download of "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
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    Signed copy of Andy Weir's book Artemis

    Best-selling author Andy Weir follows up on his smash hit, “The Martian,” with a near-future thriller involving a heist on the moon. Donors at this level will receive an autographed copy of “Artemis,” Weir’s novel that will be released Nov. 14.

    $130 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Apollo 11 Command Module
    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Saturn V Rocket
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    Space Geek’s Package

    Celebrate space in three different types of media. Donors at this level will receive a download of the documentary “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo;” an autographed copy of Andy Weir’s new book, “Artemis;” and the model-builder’s kit with Metal Earth models of the Apollo lunar module and lunar rover with 50th anniversary punch-out models of the Apollo 11 Command Module and the Saturn V rocket.

    $220 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

    Includes:
    • Vimeo download of "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
    • Thank you email and regular updates on the restoration
    • Commemorative Restoration T-shirt
    • Autographed copy of Andy Weir's "Artemis" (1)
    • Metal Earth Models of Apollo 11 Lunar Module and Lunar Rover (2)
    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Apollo 11 Command Module
    • Commemorative Punch Out Model of Saturn V Rocket
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    Mission Control Poster - Autographed

    Donors at this level will receive a limited-edition film poster for the documentary “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.” This framed poster was signed at the film’s premiere April 11 by legends of Mission Control, including Flight Director Gene Kranz, Controllers Glynn Lunney, Gerry Griffin, Milton Windler and Apollo Astronaut Walt Cunningham.

    $600 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
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    Go Flight! - Autographed!

    Donors at this level will receive a copy of the book "Go Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control" written by Rick Houston and Milt Heflin. This book was autographed by Flight Director Gene Kranz and 15 other Apollo-era flight controllers on July 20, 2017.

    $700 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Vimeo download of "Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"
    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
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    Invitation to a VIP event with Andy Weir

    Did you finish Andy Weir’s book, “The Martian,” in one sitting? Were you inspired by Weir’s rise from posting his novel in pieces on a blog to becoming a best-selling author?

    This is the package for you.

    Donors at this level will be able to attend a private VIP meet-and-greet with Weir on Nov. 17, 2017. They will be able to take a personal photo with Andy and have reserved seating for two at Weir’s presentation that night at Space Center Houston.

    $1,460 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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    • Michael Okuda-designed mission patch
    • NASA logo "Meatball" sticker
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    Meet Flight Director Gene Kranz

    Meet Apollo-era flight director Gene Kranz. You and three friends will relive the Apollo 11 moon landing in Historic Mission Control with Kranz, who deftly led his team through the process of landing humans on the moon for the first time.

    In addition to this one-of-a-kind experience, donors at this level will have their names permanently listed at the $10,000 level on the commemorative donor wall outside Historic Mission Control, as well as all other rewards upon request.

    $10,000 is deductible from your pledge for federal income tax purposes. Please retain this document for your records.

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