Mission Control Desk

Check out this dad's amazing DIY project for his sons!

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We're currently having our minds blown by this awesome project that appeals to kid and, let's be honest, adult space enthusiasts. This extremely detailed NASA Mission Control desk is programmed with Arduino and Raspberry Pi (GitHub here), and was inspired by the Apollo program & a trip to Kennedy Space Center. The creator and Dad of the Year nominee (unofficial competition) talks more about the project here, and the video is below!

If you need us, we'll be trying to figure out how to get one of these in all of our desks.

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  • l0gikG8 / about 8 years ago * / 5

    This project definitely goes up to eleven.


  • Ogre / about 8 years ago / 3

    I'm 27... and would still play with that. Can't wait to see the command module. What a great dad!

  • Member #394180 / about 8 years ago / 2

    Where did the big square pushbutton switches come from? Does Sparkfun sell them?

  • DemolishManta / about 8 years ago / 1

    You can get a lot of the panel and physical layout for the LEM. All of that technical info is out there. So one could make a very accurate LEM module as a playhouse outside. Would be an awesome complement to this project.

  • Backyard Pilot / about 8 years ago / 1


    My uncle built a command module for his kids (and nephews :) over 15 years ago. could fit two people at a time, lying on your back in the basement. Used all 74-series logic! I think the most complicated thing on it was a 7-segment countdown timer, but it provided countless ;) hours of fun! Still miss it....

  • R0B0T1CS / about 8 years ago / 1


  • ResonantEvil / about 8 years ago / 1

    When I'm a dad, I'm totally making things like this for my kids.

    • Ogre / about 8 years ago / 2

      Orrrr... spare yourself the hassle and expense, and build it for yourself :}

      • ResonantEvil / about 8 years ago / 1

        LOL I was about to berate you for not reading my comment, then realized you meant the hassle and expense of having kids.

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