Jack King (NASA)

NASA Public Affairs Officer

John William "Jack" King (12 February 193111 June 2015) was a Chief of Public Information and Public Affairs Officer for NASA, famous for his work as Kennedy Space Center Chief of Public Information during projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. As part of this role, he provided public announcements and commentary for several of the mission launches, most notably for his announcement of the Apollo 11 launch, which earned him the nickname "Voice of Apollo".

Jack King during launch operations for Apollo 12


  • Twenty seconds and counting. T-minus fifteen seconds; guidance is internal. Twelve, eleven, ten, nine, ignition sequence starts; six, five, four, three, two, one, zero. All engine running. Lift-off! We have a lift-off! Thirty-two minutes past the hour, lift-off on Apollo 11. Tower cleared!
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  1. W. David Woods, Kenneth D. MacTaggart and Frank O'Brien (2008-2021). Apollo Flight Journal; Apollo 11, Day 1, part 1: Launch T-000:00:27. NASA. Retrieved on May 14, 2024.
  2. Jack King. (1969). Apollo 11 liftoff, Public Affairs Officer loop [audio recording]. Cape Canaveral, Florida: NASA.