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The Network Operations Control Center, or "mission control", at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. JPL runs NASA's planetary exploration programme, & it is from this room that the Viking mission to Mars, the Voyager mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune, & other missions are controlled. The photograph was taken during Voyager 2's encounter with Neptune in August 1989. A crescent Neptune is displayed on the screen at top left. The surface of Triton, Neptune's large moon, is on the colour screen at top centre.
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