Hurricane Damaged Mission Control Center Roof
Monday marked the first full day crews could assess the damage
wraught on the Houston/Galveston Island area following Hurricane
Ike... and while things could have been a lot worse, crews are now
finding that some structures were damaged more than initially
NASA reports Johnson Space Center -- located southeast of the
downtown area, about 10 miles inland from the shores of the Houston
shipping channel -- could be closed throughout this week and
possibly into the next, as crews work to repair roof damage
sustained to the Mission Control Center complex during Saturday's
JSC lost all power in the storm, said NASA spokesman John Ira
Petty, but electricity was restored Sunday. A 65-member storm team
rode out Hurricane Ike at Johnson, and has begun to transition to
recovery operations, cleaning up debris, restoring power and other
center facilities and infrastructure.
Spared from the surge that swamped the barrier island regions of
Galveston Island and Bolivar, most of the damage at JSC came from
high winds, which uprooted trees throughout the area.
The MCC oversees all shuttle launches, and operations onboard
the International Space Station.
As ANN reported, the evacuation of the Johnson
Space Center ahead of Ike last week delayed the scheduled docking
of a Russian Progress resupply capsule. That docking is now
tentatively scheduled for sometime Wednesday, September 17.
For now, the ISS continues to be controlled by NASA flight
controllers who were dispatched to Austin, TX and Huntsville, AL
prior to the onset of the storm.
"It is too early to know what effect, if any, the hurricane will
have on upcoming space shuttle launches," NASA added. The shuttle
Atlantis sits on the pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida,
awaiting its planned October 10 launch to service the Hubble
The shuttle Endeavour, slated for its own mission to the ISS in
November unless it's needed to lifeboat the Atlantis crew, is
scheduled to move to the pad Thursday.