NASA Remembers John Young – Moonwalker Shuttle Commander. Watch this tribute to one of the most accomplished astronauts on earth
Astronaut John Young has passed away at the age of 87. His space career included walking on the Moon during Apollo 16 and commanding the first space shuttle mission,
Young is the only person to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs. John Young was the first to fly into space six times. Seven times, when counting his liftoff from the Moon during Apollo 16.
This video tribute recounts some of the highlights of his storied career at NASA. The tribute includes music and portions of Young’s own words from previous interviews and events.
John Young was at home when he died on Friday January 5. He had experienced complications from pneumonia.
“Astronaut John Young’s storied career spanned three generations of spaceflight,” acting Nasa administrator Robert Lightfoot said.
“John was one of that group of early space pioneers whose bravery and commitment sparked our nation’s first great achievements in space.”
Mr Young’s 42 years as a Nasa astronaut is longer than any other astronauts’. He used his status to speak out about the space agency’s safety policy. He also raised concerns after the 1986 Challenger launch accident.
John Young remained an active astronaut into his early 70s. He held on to his role as Nasa’s conscience until his retirement in 2004.
“You don’t want to be politically correct,” he said in a 2000 interview. “You want to be right.”
Former president George HW Bush said: “John was more than a good friend; he was a fearless patriot whose courage and commitment to duty helped our nation push back the horizon of discovery at a critical time.”
John Young was a highly respected astronaut not only in space but also on earth
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