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Author Topic:   John Young, NASA astronaut (1930-2018)
Dave Shayler
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This was a shock to learn of the passing of my own 'space hero' John Young.

I had followed his career and achievements since Apollo 10 in 1969, was enthralled by the exploits of Apollo 16 and marveled at the daring of STS-1 after such a long wait. I also longed for him to make that elusive 7th flight even after losing the Hubble deployment mission.

He was always an astronaut I wanted to meet in person and tried several times to get an interview. I had a dedicated signed photo of him but I really wanted to meet him.

It was not until 1992, and with the help of another astronaut, that I finally got a one-to-one with him at JSC. Prior to the interview, I was told by PAO not to ask for a signature or a photo, so though excited to finally meet and speak with John I was also a little daunted as well. The interview, fortunately, went well and at the end, as I was saying my thanks, he noticed my Who's Who book with various signatures in and without prompting asked if I wanted his in the book as well (and I managed to have a photo taken with him... 'Sure' he said!). What an experience that day was.

Relatively new to interviewing astronauts, at that point, I had previously been told that he was always to the point on replies, short on conversation and could be a challenge to interview, especially as I was not representing a professional news agency. But on that day, though he was certainly all of the above, he was also relaxed, warm and friendly.

Unfortunately despite trying again for a second interview and several letters via the CB I never was able to secure a repeat session. But in December 1998 I was at a hangar at Ellington AFB waiting for the homecoming of the STS-88 crew, when Young walked by carrying his pilot helmet, parachute and flight gear. We at least exchanged very brief greetings, so though was not exactly the second meeting I sought, I was not complaining.

Many have written that there are famous astronauts, others are pioneers of the space programme, and then there is John Young. I agree he stands out as an outstanding character and achiever in the program, with a passion for attention to detail and safety. We should also recall his earlier career in the U.S. Navy, setting time to climb records in the F4 under the Project High Jump program in 1962.

Though retired for over a decade, his passing still leaves a massive void in the program and a saddened feeling that, so early in the new year, another pioneer of space exploration has gone.

God Speed John Young.

Philip
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posted 01-07-2018 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An amazing naval aviator and astronaut... Semper Fortis! R.I.P. John Young

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posted 01-07-2018 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceflyer   Click Here to Email Spaceflyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hard to believe that we lost another Apollo hero. I had the privilege to meet him multiple times.

What stands out is that he was the first moonwalker (out of eight) I've interviewed for the German Space Agency, DLR back in March 2001. His accomplishments for the space program were outstanding! RIP John

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waa49
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Another hero has gone. RIP John Young.

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Jerry Brouillette
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Originally posted by star51L:
John Young came up with one of the best lines ever. When observing a failed test of the Gemini ejection seats when the hatches failed to open and the seats plowed through them, he quipped "a helluva headache, but a short one."

Loved his sense of humor. RIP Sir.

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quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAngel:
...it also means two things
Dave Scott is now the only living lunar landing commander, the only person who has actually performed a lunar landing hands-on.

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Originally posted by Delta7:
Dave Scott is now the only living lunar landing commander, the only person who has actually performed a lunar landing hands-on.

I missed that one too.

Wow.

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Now there are only two living astronauts who flew in both the right and left hand seats on Gemini missions, Stafford (Geminis 6 and 9) and Lovell (Geminis 7 and 12).

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spacekiddo
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Upon the passing of John Young, I searched my personal archives and found a signed photo of him. In respectful memory of a true astronaut veteran.

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John Young's passing doesn't come as a huge surprise, as it was a poorly-kept secret about his health problems over the past decade. But it's still sad nevertheless that he's no longer with us.

Neil Armstrong may always be the most famous astronaut, but Young had what I consider the most impressive astronaut career. Two Gemini flights, two Apollo flights to the moon, and two Space Shuttle flights, including two maiden flights of two programs (Gemini and Space Shuttle). He also had one of the longest astronaut careers (if not the longest), serving from 1962 to 2004. He could have retired much earlier and sought out a more financially-rewarding career, but stuck with NASA instead. That's dedication.

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I hope the next Cygnus spacecraft will be named after John Young.

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Originally posted by SpaceAngel:
I hope the next Cygnus spacecraft will be named after John Young.

The list of names available has grown over the last few months.

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Vale John Young! ***SINE PARI***

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quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAngel:
I hope the next Cygnus spacecraft will be named after John Young.
Very appropriate, but what we should really hope for is a lunar base named after him.

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