R.I.P. John Young 1930-2018

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John Young, the ninth man to walk on the Moon and the only man to fly a Gemini capsule, an Apollo capsule, and the space shuttle, passed away yesterday at the age of 87.

Young was the only spaceman to span NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs, and became the first person to rocket away from Earth six times. Counting his takeoff from the moon in 1972 as commander of Apollo 16, his blastoff tally stood at seven, for decades a world record.

He flew twice during the two-man Gemini missions of the mid-1960s, twice to the moon during NASA’s Apollo program, and twice more aboard the new space shuttle Columbia in the early 1980s.

His NASA career lasted 42 years, longer than any other astronaut’s, and he was revered among his peers for his dogged dedication to keeping crews safe — and his outspokenness in challenging the space agency’s status quo.

Young captained the first shuttle Gemini flight and the first space shuttle flight, and also flew twice to the Moon, landing once.

God speed.



  • “his blastoff tally stood at seven, . . .”

    Making him one of the few pilots to die of old age with an unequal takeoff/landing ratio. He made a life doing what Americans do best.

  • wayne

    nicely put.

    –fairly well done BBC period-piece, filmed shortly after the sts-1 launch, specifically highlighting his career up to that point.

    The “Mysterious” John Young-The Ultimate Astronaut (1 of 2, 30 minutes total)

  • Anthony Domanico

    John Young is one of my favorite astronauts. I really liked his sense of humor. He was one of the bravest Americans ever and I really appreciate the work he did for our country.

    I really enjoyed the interviews he gave in the documentary series When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, which I coincidentally just watched for the third time a few days ago. When he flew the first shuttle mission his heart rate only reached 90 bpm during the launch. My heart rate goes over a million bpm when I have to talk in front of people!

    Rest In Peace John Young. You will be missed.


    Thanks for sharing that video, I will have to check it out.

  • Edward

    It is a 3 part series, well worth watching. Thanks for the link.

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