Astronauts' remembrances of John Young
Tributes to the late moonwalker shared on social media
Just learned of the passing of astronaut John Young. So honored to have been able to learn from his experience. A true American hero.
Saddened for the loss of former astronaut colleague John Young — the astronauts' astronaut, a true legend. Fair winds and following seas, Captain.
Godspeed, John Young.
I'll never forget the day that John Young spoke to my ASCAN class. Such a humble man and a true American hero. RIP, Captain Young.
John Young — My hero.
We've lost an American hero. John Young flew on Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle. Many firsts in human space flight — and a great man.
Rarely does a childhood hero become a friend and mentor. Our nation and world lost a great champion: John Young, the finest astronaut I've ever met! Thank you for your lifelong courageous service.
John Young was the ultimate humble hero, and the Astronauts' Astronaut. I feel so fortunate to have known him as a friend and benefited from his vast wisdom.
Too often with a heavy heart we watch the passage of time. We will miss you John and thank you for your service and dedication to our future.
The ultimate astronaut, my boyhood hero and colleague John Young has passed. I am grateful for the many memories of have of him, Godspeed my friend.
Sorry to hear of the loss of legendary astronaut and personal hero, John Young. Godspeed, John!
Arguably the best astronaut ever. Not because he flew most, but because he was so awesome, insightful, and contributed so much. I saved every white paper he wrote as a champion for crew safety and doing things right in human spaceflight. Brave beyond words.
Saddened by this world's loss of John Young. A true hero, leader, and friend, and the greatest champion of exploration, flight safety, and common sense our space program has ever known.
Thank you Capt Young for your incredible contributions to getting Humans into Space. Missed our chats in El Lago while walking the boys. Godspeed and Rest In Peace.
We lost a legend folks-John Young left his mark on space exploration, and humanity as a whole. He's a role model for us all.
Today we lost a great explorer! I always enjoyed learning from him! Astronaut John Young was an astronaut's hero!
I'm saddened to hear of the loss of my friend, John Young. John will forever be remembered as a true American hero, an explorer who inspired the nation with his courage and commitment to discovery. As the commander of the first flight of the space shuttle, John Young, along with his pilot Robert Crippen, boldly launched into space on the previously untested spacecraft. Something that had never been done before and hasn't been done since.
His bravery broadened our horizons, his decades of dedication transformed our space program, and his legacy as one of America's first space pioneers will forever inspire future generations of explorers, as he inspired me. Gabby and I are thinking of his family during this difficult time. Godspeed, John Young.
John Young was a great explorer and a role model to many. What a loss.
So deeply saddened by the loss of the legendary spaceman Captain John Young. Flooded with endless memories of his profound words of wisdom, which usually ended with... "but, what do I know, I'm just an old country boy."
You are Forever Young in these hallowed halls of NASA.
John Young was one of the 1st astronauts I met when I interviewed in 1989. A gentleman's gentleman, an astronaut's astronaut. Ad Astra.
Without a doubt - my astronaut hero. John commanded a Gemini, Apollo and the first Shuttle mission - incredible. My favorites memory: we met someone at KSC who asked: "Capt Young, did you walk on the moon?" "Nope!" he snapped back "I WORKED on the moon!" RIP John Young.
Gunpowder, that's what John Young told me the Moon smelled like. A true icon to everyone who ever dreamed of flying in space. Godspeed John Young, Godspeed!
John Young was the astronaut corps' strongest advocate for flight safety, common sense and doing the right thing. And he wore his bravery with a wry sense of humour. We'll never see another one like him.
In my years as an ESA astronaut, the person I admired most was John Young. His accomplishments make him unique among space fliers. I had the privilege to fly with him on STS-9, 1st flight of ESA Spacelab. It's very sad that we lost him. Dear friend, rest in peace.