Nasa's first flight director died at the age of 95 days after the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Chris Kraft, who joined Nasa in 1
He set up NASA's mission control to manage America's first manned space flight and the subsequent Apollo missions to the Moon.
"His legacy is immeasurable," said Nasa boss Jim Bridenstine. "America really lost a national treasure today when one of NASA's first pioneers died," he said in a statement announcing Krafts death.
"Chris was one of the core team members who helped our nation bring people into space and the moon." and space enthusiasts around the world.