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Mission Control Room at the Tsukuba Space Centre (TKSC) Resumes Kibo and KOUNOTORI Operations

Last Updated: March 23, 2011

Kibo and KOUNOTORI operations from the mission control rooms at the Space Station Operations Facility (SSOF) at JAXA's Tsukuba Space Centre (TKSC) were resumed at 4:00 p.m. on March 22, 2011.

After a gigantic earthquake in Tohoku and Kanto region, these operations at TKSC were temporarily shut down and handed over to NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston (H-MCC) due to damage and security issues caused by the earthquake.

This week, safety of the ground facilities was confirmed, the ground systems were activated, and the network communications are online again.


JAXA Flight Control Team (JFCT) resuming the Kibo operations at the Mission Control Room (MCR) (Photo Credit: JAXA)


Flight control team resumed the KOUNOTORI operations at the HTV Mission Control Room (HTVMCR). (Photo Credit: JAXA)

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