About Dr. Chris Kraft

Background Information, Images, and Other Media

Dr. Chris KraftGeneral Biographical Information for Dr. Kraft

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Mission Control

Decision Points

Friendship 7 Heat Shield: NASM Friendship 7 pages

Images of Dr. Chris Kraft:

President John F. Kennedy being briefed on the operation of the Mercury Control Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida following the Mercury-Atlas 6 flight. MA-6 pilot John H. Glenn (partially obscured) conducts the tour. In the center to Glenn's left is Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., the MA-6 flight director and Chief of the Flight Operations Division at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston. Next to Kraft is Astronaut Alan R. Shepard Jr., pilot of the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission, the U.S. first manned space flight.

President John F. Kennedy being briefed on the operation of the Mercury Control Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida following the Mercury-Atlas 6 flight. MA-6 pilot John H. Glenn (partially obscured) conducts the tour. In the center to Glenn’s left is Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., the MA-6 flight director and Chief of the Flight Operations Division at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston. Next to Kraft is Astronaut Alan R. Shepard Jr., pilot of the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission, the U.S. first manned space flight. Image source: NASA

Walter C. Williams and Chris Kraft in Mercury Control Center

Walter C. Williams and Chris Kraft in Mercury Control Center. Walter C. Williams (standing, rear) flight Operations Director, and Chris Kraft (seated) Chief of the Flight Operations Division, Manned Spacecraft Center, are shown in Mercury Control Center as the decision to go for the full 22 orbits is made. Image source: NASA

A portrait of Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr.

A portrait of Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr. taken in 1979. Dr. Kraft served as director of the Johnson Space Center from January 17, 1972 to August 7, 1982. Image source: NASA

JSC Director Christopher C. Kraft Jr., right, poses in front of the 72-foot by 16-foot mural in the visitor center which was accomplished by Robert T. McCall.

JSC Director Christopher C. Kraft Jr., right, poses in front of the 72-foot by 16-foot mural in the visitor center which was accomplished by Robert T. McCall. Image source: NASA

NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) officials join the flight controllers in celebrating the conclusion of the Apollo 11 mission.

NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) officials join the flight controllers in celebrating the conclusion of the Apollo 11 mission. From left foreground Dr. Maxime A. Faget, MSC Director of Engineering and Development; George S. Trimble, MSC Deputy Director; Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr., MSC Director of Flight Operations; Julian Scheer (in back), Assistant Adminstrator, Office of Public Affairs, NASA HQ.; George M. Low, Manager, Apollo Spacecraft Program, MSC; Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, MSC Director; and Charles W. Mathews, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Manned Space Flight, NASA HQ. Image source: NASA

Interior view of the Mission Control Center during the launch sequence of Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8).

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. — Interior view of the Mission Control Center during the launch sequence of Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8). Image source: NASA

Launching of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) spacecraft, the U.S. first manned space flight, from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital mission.

Launching of the Mercury-Redstone 3 (MR-3) spacecraft, the U.S. first manned space flight, from Cape Canaveral on a suborbital mission. Image source: NASA