The second part of the Houston Chronicle’s epic 11-part NASA series focused on the creation of what is now the Johnson Space Center in Houston, the home of Mission Control. I took the tour, of course, several years ago and I’ve seen maps. But I’ve never seen one that really helped understand what was out there and how it all related to other buildings. Naturally, this just made me want to build a diagram that would do this. The key component was the aerial photo supplied by NASA. The latest such photo I could find was more than ten years ago, so I asked the Chronicle’s superb assistant photo editor to see if the agency could supply us with something newer. Turns out they had just what I wanted — but they hadn’t posted it yet. I love it when a plan comes together.
MARCH 10, 2019