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Novaspace
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posted 12-14-2006 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've received the OK to announce a video Q&A for the John Young signing in mid-Jan, so fire away. You folks at CS ask the most thoughtful questions.

Kim Poor

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posted 12-14-2006 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A two-part question for Captain Young:

In your opinion, does NASA's Constellation Program have achievable goals given the expected budgetary limitations (no or minimal increase in NASA funding)?

Can the return to the moon program be accomplished at current funding levels with an acceptable margin of safety?

Thanks!

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posted 12-14-2006 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My questions for Captain Young:

1. So much of what we read about Gus Grissom either is centered around the sinking of the Liberty Bell capsule or the Apollo 1 fire. We hear too little about his most successful mission. Can you share a favorite memory or anecdote of working with Gus on Gemini III?

2. Was there one particular highlight of the Apollo 16 EVAs that stands out above all others? Perhaps a particular discovery or sight?

3. What, in your opinion, was the reason for the early termination of the Apollo program?

4. The STS-1 mission was the first test of so many aspects of the Shuttle system that couldn't be tested without flying. Just prior to the STS-1 launch, what chance of success did you personally think the mission had?

5. What do you feel will be the greatest challenge in returning to the moon and eventually setting up longterm habitation there?

I know you'll probably ask this, Kim...but if you can get an update on the status of Capt. Young's book, that would be great! We're all eager to read it when it's ready.

Thanks,
Mark

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posted 12-14-2006 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just remembered another question I'd like to ask Capt. Young:

6. You have had the unique experience of being the only person to ride all three: a Titan, a Saturn V, and the Shuttle. Can you compare the ride on each? Which was the smoothest ride? Which was most violent? Any favorite among the three launch vehicles?

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posted 12-14-2006 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mjanovec:
You have had the unique experience of being the only person to ride all three: a Titan, a Saturn V, and the Shuttle. Can you compare the ride on each? Which was the smoothest ride? Which was most violent? Any favorite among the three launch vehicles?
He also flew a LM off of the Moon. That would be interesting as another reference point. How quick did the LM accelerate compared to the Titan for example?

My 1,001th post... ughhh! I'll go shut up for a little bit now.

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posted 12-14-2006 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay   Click Here to Email Jay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a bit curious to know how Capt. Young feels about orange juice these days?

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posted 12-14-2006 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful, Jay!

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posted 12-14-2006 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Capt.Young,1-what your opinion about the new Orion capsule design? 2- In your opinion the new spacesuit for Orion will be a IEVA suit like Gemini G4C and Apollo A7L? thanks.

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posted 12-15-2006 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuck_Joe   Click Here to Email Chuck_Joe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Mr Young,

In 1962 you established a lot of aviation FAI records with the F-4 Phantom II during
operation 'Top Flight'. Can you give me more details about your selection for those flights. I am a good friend of Lt Col R.B. Robinson USMC who established a world speed record in 1961 with the F-4. He speaked a lot about you.

Bart
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posted 12-15-2006 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star61   Click Here to Email star61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Capt Young

In your honest opinion, do you believe, if there was sufficient motivation, say from the Chinese space program plans, that NASA could put a man on Mars in 10yrs.
Thanks.

Phil Galbraith

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posted 12-18-2006 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Capt. Young:

Is that face on Mars REALLY Elvis?


chappy
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posted 12-20-2006 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Young,
Is NASA ready to fly deaf people like myself into space??
What is your real opinion about sending deaf people into space ??
What is your best moment during your 42 yrs at NASA??

I would love to meet you and shake yr hand one day cos you are a living space legend.

Cheers
PAUL CHAPMAN

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posted 12-26-2006 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CJBINCO   Click Here to Email CJBINCO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Capt. Young;

Q1: Are you presently consulting with NASA and/or any of the contractors involved in the ORION Program? Any specifics that you can pass on to us would be most interesting!

Q2. When you were an astronaut, what was you most favored subsystem to learn and understand, and on the opposite, what was your least favorite subsystem? Rumor had it the you had somewhat of a 'distaste' for comm subsystems (as a former INCO type at JSC in the early 90's - I found it quite humerous to have heard that - especially from Ed Fendel when he was visiting J Conner once (J and I shared office-space there in Bldg. 4N ).

Q3: If NASA offered you a trip back into LEO as a human test subject (for age related studies - not a glory trip), would you be willing accept? (minus the probable protests of the good Mrs.).

Thanks for your time. Looking forward to reading your book (as many of us are).

Best wishes,

Charles J. Barber

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posted 12-27-2006 02:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Capt Young,

1. Do you think the US plan to revisit the moon and eventually Mars is driven by anything more than fear of the ambitions of a compettive super-power (China) and is therefore likely to be more enduring?

2. What role do you see for private enterprise in the development of space exploration?

Thanks
Paul Bramley

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posted 12-27-2006 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
He also flew a LM off of the Moon. That would be interesting as another reference point.

On further thought, he also flew under the power of an Agena too. That makes six different propulsion systems:

1. Titan II
2. Agena
3. Saturn V
4. LM descent
5. LM ascent
6. STS

star61
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posted 12-27-2006 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for star61   Click Here to Email star61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might want to include the CSM propulsion system to that as well. Also ,i suppose being really pedantic, the Gemini and Orbiter on orbit propulsion systems could be included.

Phil

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posted 12-28-2006 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Captain Young,

Do you have any kind of Charlie Brown or Snoopy related items?

Thanks!
Rob

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posted 12-28-2006 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be curious to learn what Captain Young considers to be his greatest contribution to the manned space flight program?

Also what moment or event was his favorite from his personal career in space flight?

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posted 12-29-2006 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kimmern123   Click Here to Email kimmern123     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello!

I'm from Norway and therefore kind of an "outsider" adn I was wondering if 1. You believe that international cooperation is important for the exploration of space, and 2. if you believe the ISS is a project that, in additon to the scientific benefits, also has some diplomatic benefits?

I have a few more questions. What was your immediate reaction when you heard Apollo 13 was in trouble? And what did you think when you heard about Columbia in 2003, considering it was the second shuttle destroyed?

Thanks a lot for answering our questions, you are without a doubt one of the most honorable men in this world and I think we all have a lot of moments to thank you for.

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posted 12-29-2006 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the years that John Young was Chief of the Astronaut Office?

Robert Pearlman
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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
Does anyone know the years that John Young was Chief of the Astronaut Office?
From his NASA biography: "In January 1974, he was selected to be Chief of the Astronaut Office, with responsibility for the coordination, scheduling, and control of activities of the astronauts. Young served as Chief of the Astronaut Office until May 1987. During his tenure, astronaut flight crews participated in the Apollo-Soyuz joint American-Russian docking mission, the Space Shuttle Orbiter Approach and Landing Test Program, and 25 Space Shuttle missions."

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