Awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
NASA Exceptional Achievement
Retired from NASA.
Awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, his third.
NASA Exceptional Service
John Young, NASA’s longest-serving astronaut, who flew in space six times, walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle and became the conscience of the astronaut corps, advocating for safety reforms in the wake of the 1986 Challenger disaster, died Jan. 5 at his home in Houston. He was 87.
NASA announced his death, citing complications from pneumonia as the cause.
Mr. Young spent 42 years in the space program and was the only astronaut to go to space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs. He spent 13 years as chief of the astronaut corps, playing a major role in coordinating spaceflight training, scheduling and safety.
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"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTCH-8LM : accessed 18 December 2017), John Young in household of Hugh Young, Ward 3, Orlando, Election Precinct 16, Orange, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-17, sheet 21B, line 43, family 412, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 603.