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Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director, dies at 95

He played a key role in the Apollo 11 mission

Chris Kraft, the first  NASA flight director, had managed to attend the fiftieth anniversary of the landing on the Moon, for which he had played a key role, but he died two days later, in Houston, on July 22 at 95.

Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), left a message of condolence: "With his death, America lost a national treasure, it was a true pioneer".

When Kraft received the prestigious "National Space Trophy" from the Rotary Club in 1999, the organization described him as "a driving force in the US human space flight program from its beginnings to the Space Shuttle age, a man whose accomplishments have become legendary".

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