Located just south of Houston and north of Galveston County, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the seat of human spaceflight operations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

JSC is the site of the Mission Control Center (which manages crewed space missions including continuous International Space Station [ISS] operations), and the home of astronaut training, and NASA’s Orion spacecraft and lunar-orbiting Gateway outpost programs. Both help make up NASA’s Artemis program, an agency-wide effort to return astronauts to the moon within five years. With the aid of international and commercial partners, Artemis will test key technologies and capabilities to enable sustainable operations on and around the moon, preparing future explorers for landings on Mars.

Direct and Indirect Employment: 52,352

Gross Domestic Product: $4.7 Billion

Output: $7.9 Billion

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