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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-12-2011 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Naming of Mission Control Center

NASA is recognizing Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., America's first human space mission flight director, by naming the mission control center in his honor for his service to the nation and its space programs.

As flight director, Kraft managed all of the Mercury and several Gemini missions, and was in that role for America's first human spaceflight, first human orbital flight, and first spacewalk. He also was one of the designers and implementers of the Mission Control Center, the heart of all NASA crewed space missions.

Kraft joined NASA's predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1945. In 1958, he joined the newly created NASA as one of the original members of the Space Task Group organized to design and manage Project Mercury. He moved from Langley Research Center in Virginia with that group to Houston in 1962, and was assigned to develop the facilities, systems and techniques necessary to support human spaceflights.

Kraft served as director of the Johnson center from January 1972 to August 1982. After his retirement from federal service in 1982, he served as an aerospace consultant for numerous companies.

Speaking at April 14 naming ceremony, which will include an unveiling of the building's new nameplate, will be Mike Coats, JSC center director; John McCullough, current chief of NASA flight director's office; Gene Kranz, Kraft's successor as flight director and former director of Mission Operations, and Glynn Lunney, a former flight director who worked with Kraft, and also a former Space Shuttle Program manager and vice president of United Space Alliance.

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posted 04-13-2011 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw that Kraft's name was already installed in large letters on the outside of the building (on both sides) when I visited JSC last Saturday. I was a little puzzled by that, having never heard (before now) that the building was to be named in his honor.

Congratulations to Christopher Kraft for the well deserved honor!

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posted 04-15-2011 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He certainly deeserves the honor! However, what will Mission Control be used for after June?

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posted 04-15-2011 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The International Space Station, which has a continuously staffed Flight Control Room and multiple back room support teams.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-15-2011 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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NASA names Mission Control after its first flight director Christopher Kraft

NASA held a ceremony on Thursday to name its "magnificent cathedral of manned spaceflight," the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, after the man who not only led the space agency's first missions, but who 50 years ago, laid the foundation for what Mission Control would come to be...

Photo Gallery: NASA names Mission Control after first flight director

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posted 04-15-2011 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice pics, Robert. Thanks. Congratulations to Mr. Kraft.

Henk Boshuijer
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posted 04-15-2011 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to Mr. Kraft. He is a very generous man and a great Flight director.

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posted 04-16-2011 02:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was a good idea from NASA. Congrats.

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posted 04-16-2011 05:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news!!

rjb1elec
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posted 04-16-2011 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjb1elec   Click Here to Email rjb1elec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic pictures of a truly inspirational individual who served his nation with determination and pride, and still inspires today.

Thanks for sharing

Mike Z
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posted 04-16-2011 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it's great when places are named after great people while they're still with us so they can be honored while still alive. They have done that several times here in Baltimore.

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posted 04-16-2011 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do we know which of the Flight Directors - Flight Controllers who were in attendance or were invited?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-16-2011 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were a lot, especially if you include flight controllers. Flight directors alone numbered over two dozen.

I'm not sure I can list/recognize them all but of those I do know offhand (in alphabetical order): Matt Abbott, LeRoy Cain, Tony Ceccacci, Bob Dempsey, Paul Dye, Chris Edelen, Phil Engelauf, Linda Ham, Annette Hasbrook, Milt Heflin, Richard Jones, Norm Knight, Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz, Bryan Lunney, Glynn Lunney, John McCullough, John Shannon and Scott Stover.

Also present were capcoms John Young and Fred Haise, and former JSC director George Abbey.

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posted 04-18-2011 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to Mr. Kraft!! Well deserved and a great tribute to our first flight director.

jklier
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posted 11-01-2012 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jklier   Click Here to Email jklier     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice article posted at Ars Technica: Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA's hallowed Mission Control Center
The original plan for my visit was simply to tour the one restored Apollo-era mission control room, to take plenty of pictures, and to give Ars readers a good technical understanding of how "Mission Control" worked during the Apollo era. NASA, however, upped the ante when it assigned my tour guide — none other than Sy Liebergot.

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