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JoAnn Morgan, who became the Kennedy Space Center’s first female senior executive, watches the launch of Apollo 11 from the NASA firing room at Cape Canaveral in 1969.

Seated at her console in the firing room at Kennedy Space Centre, JoAnn Morgan felt the building shudder and the windows rattle as the Saturn V rocket shooting the Apollo XI crew to the moon thundered into the sky 50 years ago tomorrow.

Yet a photograph snapped shortly after became iconic not only for the significance of what had just occurred three miles away on the launchpad, but for Ms Morgan’s mere presence in the room.

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