NASA’s Chris Kraft

Last weekend we all celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

And one of the most important behind-the-scenes people responsible for the success of the mission — indeed, the success of the entire U.S. space program — was an extraordinary aerospace engineer named Chris Kraft.

He was instrumental in establishing what we now know as “Mission Control.”

Kraft lived just long enough to mark that big anniversary last week. Yesterday, he passed away at age 95.

I talked with Chris Kraft in 2001:

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