- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas city located near Johnson Space Center is contributing $3.5 million to an effort to restore a historic mission control room at the center.

The Houston Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2oe3gM7 ) reports the city council in Webster voted Wednesday to make the donation after hearing pleas from residents, many of whom work or have worked at the space center in Houston.

A spokeswoman for Space Center Houston, a nonprofit museum associated with the Johnson Space Center, said they’re trying to raise $5 million for the renovation.

Space Center Houston will make the renovated Mission Operation Control Room 2 part of its daily tours. It was in operation for the Apollo missions, when man first reached the moon.

Webster will provide the money through a hotel occupancy tax.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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