NASA honors Chris Kraft, renames Mission Control Center to Kraft Kontrol Kenter

And then decided it was classier to just call it the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center.  Dr. Kraft is kind of a big deal: he was the first human spaceflight director, kind of like the Christopher Columbus of the modern age.  So if nobody gives him a planet, or the Moon, or an asteroid, he should at least get a building.  From Space.com:

Kraft joined NASA’s predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1945. In 1958, he came aboard the newly created NASA to help design and manage Project Mercury, America’s first human spaceflight program.

As flight director, Kraft managed all of the Mercury and several Gemini missions. He was in that role forAmerica’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 for the last five decades.

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