"We stand on his shoulders as we reach deeper into the solar system," Bridenstine said.
NASA credits Kraft with creating the concept of Mission Control during the early human spaceflight program.
The first man to walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, once called him "the man who was the 'Control' in Mission Control," The Associated Press reported.
"From the moment the mission starts until the moment the crew is safe on board a recovery ship, I'm in charge," Kraft wrote in his 2002 book "Flight: My Life in Mission Control."
“No one can overrule me. ... They can fire me after it's over. But while the mission is under way, I'm Flight. And Flight is God,” he said.
Kraft died just two days after the 50th anniversary of arguably his and NASA’s greatest achievement: The Apollo 11 moon mission that included the first lunar landing.
Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. created the concept of NASA's Mission Control and developed its organization, operational procedures and culture, then made it a critical element of the success of the nation's human spaceflight programs.