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Chris Kraft's Greatest NASA Accomplishments

Christopher Kraft, Jr., the first person to fill the role of Flight Director at NASA, has died at 95 years old. Kraft passed away Monday, July 22 in Houston, Texas, two days after the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which Kraft helped realize.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called Kraft "one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the Moon." Kraft joined NASA in 1958 and pioneered several projects and missions during his tenure, including the first time humans fully orbited Earth. Kraft was the recipient of several NASA awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Medal and four Distinguished Service Medals. He retired in 1982.

"His legacy is immeasurable," said Bridenstine. Here, we honor Kraft's memory by looking back at some of his most important work with NASA.