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Robert Pearlman

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posted 12-07-2004 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young, 'astronaut's astronaut,' retires

Space pioneer John Young, a man who flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface and commanded the first Space Shuttle mission, is retiring.

Young's achievements during his 42-year career at NASA are unmatched. He was the first human to fly in space six times and launch seven times, six times from Earth and once from the Moon. He is the only astronaut to pilot four different types of spacecraft, flying in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. Young is the longest serving astronaut in history. His retirement from NASA is effective December 31.

Steven Kaplan

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posted 12-07-2004 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This one caught me by surprise this morning. A true legend, whom I had the honor of meeting at a couple of Astronaut Hall of Fame functions. I for one would like to say thank you for his service to our country.

Matt T

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posted 12-07-2004 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The end of an era. Young was the first moonwalker I saw in person (in Edinburgh a few years back) and I was impressed by both his sharpness and his ironic wit. During his talk he was absolutely passionate about the need for manned exploration.

I think it's a shame that a lacklustre agenda at NASA through the 80s and 90s has robbed them of the opportunity of returning to manned flights with first person experience as part of the team.

Good luck to him, whatever he does next.


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posted 12-07-2004 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was posted on a JSC employee page last week. Was wondering when the word would get out. Gee, I thought he'd die at his desk like Walt Disney! He has been a tireless worker bee for NASA and I'm glad to see him moving along and having a retirement.


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posted 12-07-2004 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best wishes to John Young for his well earned retirement.

Mike Isbell

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posted 12-07-2004 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a matter of interest about federal employees who are retired from the military, as Capt. Young is, are they allowed to received a second federal pension, or must they choose between a military pension or a civil service pension?

Richard Scheer

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posted 12-08-2004 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Scheer   Click Here to Email Richard Scheer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young has earned the respect and admiration of all true fans of the space program, and of the general public. May he have the prosperous and happy retirement that he deserves.


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posted 12-31-2004 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With today being, as indicated anyway, the final day of Capt. Young's outstanding career at NASA — thank you sir. Your efforts, commitment and dedication to the program and service to our nation is an inspiration to all of us and we truly appreciate everything that you have done.

Lunar Module 5

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posted 12-31-2004 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar Module 5   Click Here to Email Lunar Module 5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy retirement to a NASA legend. The dream lives on!

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