The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency evacuated its international space station (ISS) control center in Tsukuba after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake March 11, and NASA stepped in to oversee the Japanese cargo ship and laboratory docked at the station, according to a report on Discovery News.

NASA control centers in Houston and Huntsville, Ala., have taken control of Japan’s Kibo space complex, the largest laboratory at the ISS, and the U.S. space agency also is overseeing Japan’s robotic cargo ship docked there.

The Tsukuba control center, about 30 miles northeast of Tokyo, is thought to have sustained significant damage in the earthquake.


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