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Chris Kraft: Key Apollo 11 director dies days after anniversary

Chris Kraft: Key Apollo 11 director dies days after anniversary

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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 mar...
Watch live: Soyuz to carry new crew to space station on 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Watch live: Soyuz to carry new crew to space station on 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

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July 20 (UPI) -- NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan isn't going to the moon, but he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a trip to the International Space Station. Morgan will be joined inside the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft by Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The trio are scheduled to blast-off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:28 p.m. ET on Saturday, 9:28 p.m. local time. On Saturday evening, Morgan, Parmitano and Skvortsov will be welcomed onto the International Space Station, making the Expedition 60 crew a six-person team. The trip from Kazakhstan will last roughly 5.5 hours, with the spacecraft scheduled to dock at the station's Zvezda service module at 6:50 p.m. ET. The hatches w...