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Chris Kraft pioneered the idea of Mission Control in NASA's early years.
Christoper Columbus Kraft Jr., NASA's first flight director, pioneer of Mission Control and a key figure in the spaceflight program, died Monday. He was 95.
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called Kraft a "national treasure," pointing to his work in establishing NASA's Mission Control, which directs human spaceflight activities from the ground. Kraft's work in developing the procedures and processes for sending humans to space would eventually pave the way for the Apollo missions to the moon and, to this day, provides communications for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
"Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the moon, and his legacy is immeasurable," said Bridenstine in a NASA press release. "Chris' engineering talents were put to work for our nation at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, before NASA even existed, but it was his legendary work to establish Mission Control as we know it for the earliest crewed space...
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