Mission Control named for 1st NASA flight director

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 11:48 AM
Mission Control named for 1st NASA flight director

NASA has honored its first flight director by naming Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston after him.

Space program officials spoke Thursday at a ceremony at the newly-named Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center.

The 87-year-old Kraft attended the event. He was NASA's first director for human spaceflight and helped create Mission Control. He also directed the Mercury and Gemini flights and helped put men on the moon during the Apollo program. He went on to serve as director of Johnson Space Center from 1972 to 1982.

Kraft detailed his time at NASA in his 2001 book, "Flight: My Life in Mission Control."