"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passage of one of NASA's earliest pioneers – flight director Chris Kraft," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement. "We sent our deepest condolences to the Kraft family." Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put people in space and on the Moon, and his legacy is immeasurable. "
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Kraft joined the NASA Space Task Group in November 1958 with NASA's first flight director and worked on some of the most iconic moments in space history, including humans orbiting Earth for the first time. He was a pioneer in his field and created the concept of NASA's Mission Control.
"Once comparing his complex work as a flight director to a conductor's, Kraft said," The conductor can not play all the instruments ̵
1; he may not even be able to play any of them. the first violin should be playing, and he knows when the trumpets should be loud or soft, and when the drummer should be drumming.It mixes all that up and comes out of music.That's what we do here, "said Bridenstine 
During the Apollo program, he was the director of mission operations and directed astronaut Ed White to get back in the Gemini 4 capsule during the first spacewalk by an American. During his time at NASA, he held several leadership positions and retired as center director in 1982.
In 2011, NASA named its Building 30 Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in his honor, "Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., Mission Control Center. "
" We stand on his shoulders as we reach deep into the solar system, and he will always be with us on those journeys, "
CNN's Ashley Strickland and Dave Alsup contributed to this report