Chris Kraft - Key Apollo 11 director dies days after anniversary (age 95)

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49082897
The first flight director of US space agency Nasa has died at the age of 95 - days after 50th anniversary celebrations of the first Moon landing.

Chris Kraft, who joined Nasa in 1958, developed the planning and control processes for crewed space missions.

He set up Nasa's Mission Control operations to manage America's first manned space flight and the subsequent Apollo missions to the Moon.

"His legacy is immeasurable," Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine said.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of Nasa's earliest pioneers," he said in a statement announcing Kraft's passing.

"Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the Moon."

The 1969 Moon landing was marked last Saturday with a series of events by the agency, as well as broadcasters and space enthusiasts around the world.
 

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Bon Voyage, good man.
That reminds me though - all the anniversary interviews with the Apollo 11 crew I saw were Mike Collins.
I know Armstrong isn't available by reason of being dead, but I wondered what had happened to Buzz Aldrin.

Buzz Aldrin marches to his own drummer, and apparently gets higher speaking fees than Nasa offer. Collins is the opposite, and has come out of seclusion for the 50th anniversary.
 

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Bon Voyage, good man.
That reminds me though - all the anniversary interviews with the Apollo 11 crew I saw were Mike Collins.
I know Armstrong isn't available by reason of being dead, but I wondered what had happened to Buzz Aldrin.

The NY Times has a lengthy (and slightly tacky) article about the death of Armstrong from complications following coronary bypass surgery, and an alleged medical negligence settlement by the family: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/neil-armstrong-wrongful-death-settlement.html

N.B. I am posting the story as a footnote, and don't particularly want to highlight it in the news forum.
 
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