Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., who died July 22, 2019, created the concept of NASA’s Mission Control and developed its organization, operational procedures and culture, then made it a critical element of the success of the nation’s human spaceflight programs. In this image, he’s at his Flight Director console in the Mission Control Center during Gemini-Titan V flight simulation on Aug. 15, 1965.

In his 2001 autobiography “Flight: My Life in Mission Control”, Kraft wrote: “Scientists say there is no life on the moon. I look at the moon today, see the faces from NASA, industry, science and academe who brilliantly sent Americans to that place, and I know differently. The people of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo are blossoms on the moon. Their spirits will live there forever. I was part of the crowd, then part of leadership that opened space travel to human beings. We threw a narrow flash of light across our nation’s history. I was there at the best of times.”

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小克里斯托弗·C·克拉夫特(Christopher C. Kraft, Jr.)于2019年7月22日去世,他创立了美国宇航局(NASA)任务控制的概念,并发展了其组织结构、操作程序和文化,随后使其成为美国载人航天计划成功的一个关键因素。这张照片摄于1965年8月15日,他在任务控制中心的飞行指挥控制台进行双子座-泰坦V飞行模拟。

克拉夫特在2001年出版的自传《飞行:我在任务控制中心的生活》中写道:“科学家说月球上没有生命。今天我看着月球,看到了NASA、工业界、科学界和学术界人士的面孔,他们出色地把美国人送到了那个地方。星、双子座和阿波罗在月球上开花。他们的灵魂将永远活在那里。我是这群人中的一员,然后成为了向人类开启太空旅行的领导者之一。我们在我们国家的历史上发出了一道微弱的闪光。我在那里度过了最美好的时光。”

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