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Apollo astronaut John Young who walked on the moon dies aged 87
Posted on: 07-01-2018 , 12:17:PM | DY365 Bureau

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January 7, 2017: The former astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and flew the first space shuttle mission, has died aged 87. Nasa said, he visited space six times including on Apollo and Gemini missions.

Young, a former Navy pilot, was part of the second group of astronauts the space agency hired, brought aboard in 1962 to add to the original Mercury Seven who’d been selected three years earlier.
He ended up as one of NASA's most experienced flyers, becoming the first astronaut to fly into space six times, and the only one to enter space in each of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs.
He was part of the first manned Gemini mission -- with Gus Grissom on Gemini 3 in 1965. According to media reports, Young smuggled a corned beef sandwich in his spacesuit, a move that didn't sit well with NASA staff in Houston who worried about the crumbs.
And he commanded the first space shuttle flight, with pilot Bob Crippen, over three days in April 1981.
Young flew to the moon twice and landed on it once. He was part of the Apollo 10 crew that orbited the moon in May 1969 in preparation for the first landing later that year. In the second trip, Young walked on the moon as part of Apollo 16 in 1972.
 
 

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