John Young

John Young

Mission District, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 5 Jan 2018 (aged 87)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3 Site 2507-1
Memorial ID 186428895 · View Source
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United States Astronaut. He participated in the Gemini, Apollo, and space shuttle programs and was the first astronaut to make six spaceflights. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952 with a degree in aeronautical engineering, he joined the United States Navy. He served in Korea before participating in a test project, during which, in 1962, he set two time-to-climb records in a Navy F-4B jet. From 1962 to 1964, he trained to be an astronaut with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). His first space flight came in March of 1965 on Gemini 3, which reached a maximum altitude of 139 miles on its first of three orbits. After 4 hours and 53 minutes, Gemini 3 landed in the South Atlantic Ocean. After the flight, he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service medal by President Lyndon B. Johnson. On July 18, 1966, he joined Michael Collins on Gemini 10, which docked with an Agena target vehicle. They would attain an altitude of 475 miles, using the Agena's engine. On May 18, 1969, he was aboard Apollo 10, which was the last checkout of the Apollo systems before Apollo 11's moon landing. He was later commander of Apollo 16 in April of 1972, which was the fifth manned landing on the Moon. In 1976 he retired from the Navy, but stayed with NASA, becoming the head of the astronaut office. In 1981 he was the commander of the first space shuttle mission, on board the Columbia with fellow astronaut Robert L. Crippen. Two years later, he commanded the joint NASA and European Space Agency mission aboard Columbia, which carried Spacelab in its payload bay. From 1987 to 2004, he remained with NASA, holding management positions concerned with space shuttle operations and safety at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He retired from NASA in 2004. He was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1981.

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