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Chris Kraft, 1st Flight Director for NASA, Dies at 95

Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong waves to well-wishers on the way out to the transfer van, Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 16, 1969. Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin follow Armstrong down the hallway.

Behind America’s late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the moon was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights.

Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA’s Mission Control, died Monday in Houston, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and NASA’s crowning achievement: Apollo 11’s moon landing. He was 95.

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. never flew in space, but “held the success or failure of American human spaceflight in his hands,” Neil Armstrong, the first man-on-the-moon, told The Associated Press in 2011.

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