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Offline IanThePineapple

John Young has passed away
« on: 01/06/2018 04:03 pm »
Link here:

"Rest In Peace John Young. You were one of my heroes as an astronaut and explorer and your passion for space will be missed."
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Offline IanThePineapple

Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #1 on: 01/06/2018 04:04 pm »
InsideKSC responds to it: "Astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) is reporting this morning that Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle astronaut John Young has died."

Offline Svetoslav

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #2 on: 01/06/2018 04:14 pm »
It's a sad day. With the passing of John Young now there are more people dead than alive of those who have walked on the Moon (7 versus 5).

Will some of the remaining be alive when people once again leave Low Earth Orbit? :(
« Last Edit: 01/06/2018 04:14 pm by Svetoslav »

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #3 on: 01/06/2018 04:16 pm »
Scott Kelly as well

"Saddened for the loss of former astronaut colleague John Young - the astronauts’ astronaut, a true legend. Fair winds and following seas, Captain. #RIP"

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #4 on: 01/06/2018 04:24 pm »
Commander of the greatest test flight of all time (STS-1)... RIP John Young

EDIT: NASA tweet:
« Last Edit: 01/06/2018 04:27 pm by Orbiter »
Attended space missions: STS-114, STS-124, STS-128, STS-135, Atlas V "Curiosity", Delta IV Heavy NROL-15, Atlas V MUOS-2, Delta IV Heavy NROL-37, Falcon 9 CRS-9, Falcon 9 JCSAT-16, Atlas V GOES-R, Falcon 9 SES-11, Falcon Heavy Demo, Falcon 9 Es'hail-2.

Offline JWag

Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #5 on: 01/06/2018 04:27 pm »
It was mentioned in a thread here that he had been ill for some time:

Jerry Bostick, Apollo controller informed me a few days back that John Young was seriouslynill and had been for a while.

Anyone have further in formation

If you are reading this John, a speedy recovery !


Apollo and Gemini were before my time (heck, STS-1 happened when I was 8!), but I'd always held him in high regard. Especially as I got older and learned what a gutsy (some might say reckless) flight STS-1 was.

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #6 on: 01/06/2018 04:28 pm »
Farewell John, I will miss your sense of humor and loved your exhilaration after you landed Columbia... Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace...

« Last Edit: 01/06/2018 08:00 pm by Rocket Science »
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Offline IanThePineapple

Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #7 on: 01/06/2018 04:28 pm »
Another moonwalker...   :'(

And we haven't returned in 45 years  >:(

Offline Galactic Penguin SST

Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #8 on: 01/06/2018 04:32 pm »



We're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space Shuttle programs.


Fair Winds Captain.
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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #9 on: 01/06/2018 04:48 pm »
Terrible news. Such a legend. RIP sir.

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #10 on: 01/06/2018 04:53 pm »
One of my heroes, RIP John Young

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #11 on: 01/06/2018 04:57 pm »
Sad news, indeed.  But let's celebrate his as a well-lived, incredibly full life.  I can't think of anyone else who faced a greater sum of danger in space, and he did it with skill, perseverance and a side order of good humor.

Godspeed, indeed, Captain Young!  Fair winds, following seas and unrestricted sandwiches.
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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #12 on: 01/06/2018 04:58 pm »
Fair winds and following seas Cpt Young. a childhood hero will be remebered

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #13 on: 01/06/2018 05:39 pm »
Great spacecraft's  pilot, he flew four different  vehicles  , Gemini, Apollo, LEM and Shuttle STS-1, the first spacecraft tested likewise an aircraft without an unmanned test flight before!
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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #14 on: 01/06/2018 05:41 pm »
RIP John Young.

So sad to see you go; you were one of many spaceflight pioneers.
Because the Falcon Heavy Test Flight was successful, it has inspired thousands of people to consider changing the future of space travel.

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #15 on: 01/06/2018 05:51 pm »
January 06, 2018 
RELEASE 18-001

NASA Remembers Agency’s Most Experienced Astronaut 

The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of John Young, who died Friday night following complications from pneumonia at the age of 87. Young is the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, and the first to fly into space six times:

“Today, NASA and the world have lost a pioneer. Astronaut John Young's storied career spanned three generations of spaceflight; we will stand on his shoulders as we look toward the next human frontier.

“John was one of that group of early space pioneers whose bravery and commitment sparked our nation's first great achievements in space. But, not content with that, his hands-on contributions continued long after the last of his six spaceflights -- a world record at the time of his retirement from the cockpit.

“Between his service in the U.S. Navy, where he retired at the rank of captain, and his later work as a civilian at NASA, John spent his entire life in service to our country.  His career included the test pilot’s dream of two ‘first flights’ in a new spacecraft -- with Gus Grissom on Gemini 3, and as Commander of STS-1, the first space shuttle mission, which some have called ‘the boldest test flight in history.’ He flew as Commander on Gemini 10, the first mission to rendezvous with two separate spacecraft the course of a single flight. He orbited the Moon in Apollo 10, and landed there as Commander of the Apollo 16 mission. On STS-9, his final spaceflight, and in an iconic display of test pilot ‘cool,’ he landed the space shuttle with a fire in the back end. 

“I participated in many Space Shuttle Flight Readiness Reviews with John, and will always remember him as the classic ‘hell of an engineer’ from Georgia Tech, who had an uncanny ability to cut to the heart of a technical issue by posing the perfect question -- followed by his iconic phrase, ‘Just asking...’ 

“John Young was at the forefront of human space exploration with his poise, talent, and tenacity.  He was in every way the 'astronaut’s astronaut.' We will miss him.”

For more information about Young’s NASA career, visit:  

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #16 on: 01/06/2018 05:53 pm »
Genuinely shocked and upset to hear about this the man was an absolute legend and my all time favourite NASA astronaut.

RIP John  :'(
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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #17 on: 01/06/2018 05:53 pm »
 My condolences to all who loved him, flew with him and were influenced by him in their lives. My wife and I were just reminiscing about the infamous "Corned-Beef Affair" on Gemini-3...Let's not forget his other great flights like Gemini-10 and Apollo-10 [first human to be alone in lunar orbit], and STS-9.
 In the book "Footprints", interviews with the 12 moonwalkers, Young makes a very compelling case for why the Moon is and will be so important to humanity- check it out! 

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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #18 on: 01/06/2018 06:07 pm »
RIP John Young...

 :(  :'(
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Re: John Young passes away
« Reply #19 on: 01/06/2018 06:10 pm »
Really saddened to read that John has died.

Spent some time with him some years ago on the lecture circuit .

And, of course, followed all his missions from early 60 s onwards.

I have an original  STS-1 crew typed report - fascinating reading 😊

I was an engineer before retiring and John was an "Engineers engineer " - knowing his subjects inside out . I could have spoken/listened/discoursed with him for months on end 😃

He was really, really keen to get human space exploration into " top gear".

Let's all take his truly pioneering spirit and keep pushing the envelope to take humanity to the stars !

Condolences to his family, especially his wife who has similar " faith" in herbal and homeopathy remedies like myself  - which we discussed at length one day 😉

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