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Astronaut John Young Remembered at AIAA SciTech

Posted: 9 January 2018, 5:45 p.m. EDT

During a plenary session Jan. 9 at the 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum in Kissimmee, Florida, the institute had a moment of silence for retired U.S. Navy Capt. John Young, who died Jan. 5 at age 87.


Astronaut John W. Young (April 1969). Credit: NASA

“Capt. Young was an American hero — a true astronaut’s astronaut who had an incredible career and lived a life full of ‘firsts’ and ‘onlys,’” said retired U.S. Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy, a former astronaut and general chair of the 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum. “To say that Young flourished at NASA is an understatement. He was the only astronaut to command three different kinds of spacecraft: Gemini, Apollo, and the Shuttle; was the first to fly into space six times; visited the moon twice; and had a career spanning 42 years — the longest of any U.S. astronaut. His accomplishments are the stuff of lore.”

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