Don’t worry, NASA! I went to Obedience School

toy dog in mission control

NASA/Ashley Moreno and Megan Sumner

Here I am at the CAPCOM, or capsule communicator, console in the Space Station Flight Control Room at Mission Control in Houston. The capcom is a flight controller, usually an astronaut, who stays in constant radio contact with the crew in space.

At Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, I met the flight controllers who control the International Space Station. That’s where I am now, living and working and helping astronauts with scientific research from all over the world! Mission Control is keeping an eye on me, just like it does for the rest of the crew aboard the space station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The flight controllers have lots of different areas of expertise. Some are engineers who monitor the systems onboard the space station. Others are doctors who keep us healthy in microgravity. (I wonder if there’s a veterinarian on hand?)
Seaman Jr. mission to space logo
Traveling in the spirit of a Newfoundland dog that became one of the most famous members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Seaman Jr. will enjoy the sights of our home planet from the International Space Station,including amazing views of our national trails, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Actand NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration 60th anniversary.

The National Park Service and Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail invite you to learn more about Seaman, Jr.’s space journey! Follow his blog ( for special updates to see all of the missions in space and flashbacks to his training adventures at NASA centers and on the national trails.

Last updated: September 6, 2018