Many older engineers didn’t believe that a moon landing was possible and didn’t have much faith in the future of space travel and thus the security of such a job.
So Kranz led a group of recent college graduates, a crew that made up for their lack of experience with a dedication to make the project a success.
Kranz had faith in them to do their jobs, voice their concerns, and give their honest assessments of the situation at hand. His leadership united the team and filled them with a sense of intense drive and great purpose.
They all knew that under his watch, failure was not an option.
Kranz was only 31 years old when he became NASA’s Flight Director.
And the average age of the men of Mission Control at the time of Apollo 11 was only 26.
During the initial moments after the explosion on Apollo 13, Mission Control was working furiously to make sense of what was happening.
New failures and alarms were occurring with each moment, and every engineer on duty was desperately trying to make sense of the tide of information.
A man should strive to adopt a style that will remain invariant over the transformations of fashion, and develop aspects of his personal appearance that will be singularly associated with him. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle.
On January 27th, 1967 Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee died in fire during a training exercise. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did.