John W. Young

John W. Young, a Captain in the United States Navy (retired) was born on September 24, 1930 in San Francisco, California.

Young died on January 5, 2018 of complications from pneumonia at his home in Houston, Texas.

NASA Biography

Space Flights:

  • Pilot, Gemini 3, Molly Brown, March 23, 1965. The first crewed Gemini Flight, with Gus Grissom. 
  • Command Pilot, Gemini 10, July 19-20, 1966. Rendezvoused with two Agena spacecraft.
  • Command Module Pilot, Apollo 10, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, May 18-26, 1969. Dress rehearsal for Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.
  • Commander, Apollo 16, Casper and Orion, April 16-27, 1972. The fifth landing on the moon. Young and Duke spent 71 hours on the lunar surface.
  • Commander, STS-1, Columbia, April 12-14, 1981, the first space shuttle flight.
  • Commander, STS-9, Columbia, November 28-December 8, 1983. Also referred to as STS-41A and Spacelab 1, it was the first flight of the Spacelab laboratory module.

Total Hours in Space:

Astronaut Group: 2-September 17, 1962

Degrees: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1952.

Military Service and Awards: Served in the Korean war and later as a pilot and test pilot.
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery: May , 2019

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