Chris Kraft

Feb 28, 1924 – Jul 22, 2019 (Age 95)


Chris Kraft was NASA's visionary first flight director, who guided astronauts as they orbited Earth and landed on the Moon. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our loved ones is never easy but may the love of people that surrounds you soften your grief. May you continue to throw all your burden on to God because He cares for you.

Our deepest condolences to the family. What a bright mind Chris had.

We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.

I met Mr. Kraft in about 2001 at the Denver Press Club, when he was on a book tour for "Flight: My Life in Mission Control." I have read the book several times over and it's one of my favorites. Although we only spent maybe a hour or so talking, with some minimal correspondence in later years, I considered him to be one of the greatest Americans I'd ever met, or ever will meet. Brilliant and gifted, incredibly cordial, willing to answer all of my questions (how do we survive...

Reading his obituary I see that he had many accomplishments. His drive to explore benefited us all. Prayers to his loved ones on his passing. God is near to the brokenhearted.

Chris Kraft was one of the greatest men in NASA history. He stood by the agency since it's NACA days, helped it through it's darkest hours and nurtured the agency through all of its trials and tribulations. His work in founding mission control, working through Gemini, supporting Apollo 8 and eventually, landing upon the moon was essential to NASA and its history. Throughout all of my life,I have been helped through my darkest hours by casting my thoughts to Kraft's incredible achievements,...

God's eternal blessings on Chris Kraft and those he leaves on the planet for his final ascent . When JFK vowed to land Americans on the moon by the end of the 1960's, it was impossible. There was no rocket to make that trip. There were no spaceships to land on the surface, computers to guide them, not even a spacesuit ! Chris Kraft, the man who invented Mission Control said, "We made it possible. We, the United States made it possible." Thank You, Chris Kraft for proving what the...

To the family and friends take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

My condolences to the family. He shared his talent with us and we thank him. May God continue to be with you and know that he is never far off from you.

The anniversary of the moon landing has brought back so many memories of my formative years during the space program in the 1960s. Of the non-astronauts, Chris Kraft's is the most memorable. Somehow, in spite of the risks involved, a mission with a man with such a wonderful name and confident "in charge" demeanor, had to succeed! Where are guys like Chris Kraft now? In the words of George Jones, "Who's gonna fill their shoes?"