One thing the new experience does not recapture is the smoke.
Last week, NASA unveiled a restored Apollo Mission Control room at Johnson Space Center. Former Flight Director Gene Kranz, who led the Apollo 11 Moon landing and then gained fame after his role was popularized in the movie Apollo 13, led fundraising for the effort. Kranz also narrates the visitor experience to the restored control room, in which the screens light up to show displays as they were during the lunar descent.
At times on Friday, Kranz appeared to be overcome with emotion as he reminisced about those heady days 50 years ago. "When I walked into that viewing room it was dazzling," he said. "Overwhelming. All of a sudden you were 50 years younger. I wanted to get to work."