This past August the wife and I drove from Arizona to the Florida Panhandle to visit my oldest Son who is stationed at Eglin Air force base along the way and also way home we did a lot of site seeing and one of the stops was the Johnson Space Center outside of Houston. This is where a lot of the astronaut training is done as well as research for future missions in space.The tours take you around and there is a lot to see well worth the trip. Also where Mission control is.
The 747 Mother ship with the Shuttle Independence are parked at the visitors center. Much to my regrets we didn't have time to tour them but they are availabe for you to go on and tour.
Houston we have a problem. Mission Control
When they did the movie Apollo 13 the movie producers duplicated this room
Although no longer used you can see that this mission control was used for a lot of mission.I the second picture in the top corner you can see a screen showing the new mission control on closed circuit TV.
This is the simulator for the space station that is used for training the astronauts
soyuz simulator the Soviet vehicle used to transport astronauts .
Orion this is the simulator for the Orion which will be used to travel to Mars the mission is slated to begin in 2020