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Astronaut John Young has died at age 87
01/07/18 at 10:51:35
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Astronaut John Young  -- the first man to make six trips to space and the ninth to walk the moon -- died Friday night from complications from pneumonia. He was 87.

Young was one of the nation's longest-serving astronauts, spending 47 years leading missions in the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs.

"Today, NASA and the world have lost a pioneer," NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said. "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."
  

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Re: Astronaut John Young has died at age 87
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I got to know John Young personally through visits to the Astronaut Training Center and meeting him often at a nearby park where we both jogged. He was always friendly.

My most cherished memory of John Young was when I visited the Astronaut Training Center to prepare for taking the programmers who were writing software for the Spade Shuttle onboard computers. I was on the technical staff to the onboard software manager.

I had gotten to know Bob Crippen, who flew with John Young in the first Space Shuttle flight, through meetings to determine requirements for the software. When I was at the training center, I ran into Crippen and he invited me to sit in the back of the fixed-base simulator where he and John Young were doing Launch and Abort Simulations.

The first thing John Young did when he sat in the Captain's seat was to put on his tri-focal glasses. We always think of the Astronauts as being super-human, but the fact that John needed tri-focals to fly the Shuttle made me realize that those Astronauts are humans just like us. I told that story to all the programmers that I escorted through the  training center.
  

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Re: Astronaut John Young has died at age 87
Reply #2 - 01/07/18 at 11:11:04
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Man, all those guys are getting old and assuming room temperature.  Thinking back, it has been a long time since we actually did space travel.  Wonder why?  Could it be the JFK/LBJ war in SEA to something like that?   Wonder how much they made off that war?
  
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dustymars wrote on 01/07/18 at 11:11:04:
Man, all those guys are getting old and assuming room temperature.  Thinking back, it has been a long time since we actually did space travel.  Wonder why?  Could it be the JFK/LBJ war in SEA to something like that?   Wonder how much they made off that war?

From what I have been hearing from my contacts at NASA, they are gearing up to go out beyond the Moon, first a mission to an asteroid: The Million Mile Mission, and later to Mars:

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Reply #4 - 01/08/18 at 11:29:54
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Neat story NT.  Cheesy  May he RIP.  Cry
  

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