Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and afterwards directed the first space shuttle flight, has passed on, NASA said on Saturday. Young was 87 years old. The space agency said Young passed on Friday night at home in Houston after developing pneumonia complications.
Young was the ninth man to walk on the moon. He was the only spaceman to span NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs, and was the first person to rocket away from Earth six times. He flew two times during the 2-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 respected among his colleagues for his persistent dedication to maintaining crews safe and his openness in disputing the space agency’s status quo.
Undeniably, Young continued …