NASA’s first flight director, the legendary Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr., died Monday in Houston on the age of 95.
Though he by no means flew in house, Kraft was one among NASA’s first staff and was instrumental in creating the U.S. house program. He managed all of the Mercury missions and a number of the Gemini flights, according to NPR. He was the senior planner through the Apollo lunar missions and later led the Johnson House Heart. He additionally managed the event of the house shuttle program.
We’re saddened by the passing of Chris Kraft, our first flight director. He was an area legend who created the idea of Mission Management through the early human spaceflight program and made it an integral a part of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. He was 95. pic.twitter.com/HT2T6CArrX
— NASA (@NASA) July 22, 2019
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine referred to as Kraft “a national treasure,” noting that Kraft was flight director throughout a number of the most iconic moments in house historical past, together with as “humans first orbited the Earth and stepped outside of an orbiting spacecraft.”
“We stand on his shoulders as we reach deeper into the solar system,” Bridenstine said.
America has really misplaced a nationwide treasure as we speak with the passing of one among @NASA’s earliest pioneers – flight director Chris Kraft. We ship our deepest condolences to the Kraft household.
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) July 22, 2019
NASA credit Kraft with creating the idea of Mission Management through the early human spaceflight program.
The primary man to stroll on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, as soon as referred to as him “the man who was the ‘Control’ in Mission Control,” The Associated Press reported.
“From the moment the mission starts until the moment the crew is safe on board a recovery ship, I’m in charge,” Kraft wrote in his 2002 guide “Flight: My Life in Mission Control.”
“No one can overrule me. … They can fire me after it’s over. But while the mission is under way, I’m Flight. And Flight is God,” he stated.
Kraft died simply two days after the 50th anniversary of arguably his and NASA’s best achievement: The Apollo 11 moon mission that included the primary lunar touchdown.
As we speak, we bear in mind the life and legacy of Chris Kraft who joined our House Activity Group in 1958 as our first flight director with duties that immersed him in mission procedures and difficult operational points. Extra on his contributions: https://t.co/e6M01Hpcmk pic.twitter.com/2CNBGqd26Q
— NASA (@NASA) July 23, 2019
We mourn the lack of Chris Kraft, NASA’s first Flight Director and the driving drive behind Mission Management. His impression on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo applications can’t be overstated. pic.twitter.com/oN5kbrwoWo
— Nationwide Air and House Museum (@airandspace) July 22, 2019
(This video interview is from about two years in the past as Kraft walked us by Apollo reminiscences.) pic.twitter.com/Rwr0TEdf8w
— Ars Technica (@arstechnica) July 22, 2019
Chris Kraft was the driving drive behind Mission Management in Houston. He was identified within the control-room as–“Flight” due to his commanding position as Flight Director. Right here he’s at his console through the Gemini-Four mission in 1965. Relaxation in Peace. Credit score: @NASA #khou #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/rB7m0nNyK5
— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) July 22, 2019
Saddened by this world’s lack of Chris Kraft. Grateful for occasions I had alternative to listen to him share tales of how we did seemingly unimaginable issues in house & to make it potential for folks like me to soundly fly in house. An distinctive man who modified the world. #RIP pic.twitter.com/B0CPsNOlw3
— Nicole Stott (@Astro_Nicole) July 22, 2019
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