Besides the astronauts and Flight Controllers, another key group of people responsible for the success of Apollo 11 were the NASA leaders and managers who directed this complex effort. In the year following Apollo 11, I wrote many of NASA’s top brass to congratulate them on their achievement and to seek their autographs on identical First Man on the Moon stamp First Day Covers. Among others, at NASA Headquarters I wrote to NASA Administrator Tom Paine, Apollo Program Director Gen. Sam Phillips and Apollo 11 Mission Director George Hage. I wrote to Director Robert Gilruth, Deputy Director Chris Kraft and Apollo Spacecraft Program Manager George Low at the
. At the Manned Spacecraft
I wrote to Director Kurt Debus and Director of Launch Operations Rocco Petrone.
(Notable absences from this group of signed covers are George Mueller,
Associate Administrator for Manned Spaceflight, and Wernher von Braun, MSFC
Director.) Each of these brilliant men played key, but different, roles in
organizing the Apollo program to successfully land and return from the Moon. Kennedy Space Center
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