The first flight director of NASA, Chris Kraft has died, just a few days before the 50th-anniversary celebration for the first landing in Moon, said the agency.
Mr. Kraft has played a key role in the space race of America, 95-year-old Chris Kraft has joined NASA in 1958, has developed the control process and planning required for crewed space missions, creating the Mission Control operations for the agency, which were used to manage the first United States manned spaceflight as well as the Apollo Missions to the Moon.
On Monday, the agency Chief Jim Bridenstine said in a statement announcing the news of Chris Kraft’s death that “America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA’s earliest pioneers.”
It continued, “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.”
On Saturday, space enthusiasts have said around the world to commemorate the 1969 Moon landing.
In Houston, where the Apollo Missions were conducted, thousands of space enthusiasts have descended upon the NASA Johnson Space Center for a countdown to the anniversary and looked at a giant screen that replayed the remarkable moments before fireworks lit up high in the sky.
Events highlighting that the 50th anniversary has revived public enthusiasm for crewed space flight, as the new missions charts of NASA to the Moon and on to Mars.