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NASA legend who helped propel astronauts to the Moon dies days after Apollo 11 anniversary

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Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director and a huge driving force behind the mission that eventually sent astronauts to the Moon, died just days after watching the agency he helped build celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk. He was 95 years old.

Kraft, born in 1924, joined NASA in 1958 and came up with the procedures that NASA would come to rely on during many space missions. As NASA notes in a timely retrospective, Kraft personally came up with the concept that became Mission Control and refined the operational procedures that allowed NASA to safely and efficiently carry out its missions.

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