Chris Kraft, legendary flight director, dies at 95

NASA’S Mission Control and Key director of Apollo 11, Chris Kraft. Photo courtesy of Space Flight Now

Legendary founder of NASA’S Mission Control and Key director of Apollo 11, Chris Kraft, died Monday, in Houston, just two days after the world celebrated the historic Apollo 11 walk on the moon. He was 95. Born in Phoebus, VA, he graduated from Virginia Tech, then went to work for NACA, the predecessor agency to NASA.. He was inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in 1979. How appropriate a name, he was given by his parents at birth, Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. We know he will be in the control room, looking down over his “crew” in the future.

“God speed, Chris Kraft”, said VAHS member and journalist, Steve Rossie, who reached out to us with the sad news of Chris’s passing, as soon as it was announced.

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