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John Young – Astronaut

Born in San Francisco, California, on September 24, 1930, John Watts Young received a bachelor’s of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952. Following graduation, Young joined the U.S. Navy. After receiving flight training, he was assigned to a fighter squadron. In 1959, after passing test pilot training, Young was assigned to the Naval Air Test Center and set time-to-climb records. He retired from the Navy in 1976.

In 1962, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected Young as an astronaut candidate. On March 23, 1965, he flew on Gemini 3 (the first piloted Gemini mission), and he was on Gemini 10 in 1966. In 1969, Young operated the command module of Apollo 10 during its dual rendezvous with two Agena satellites and, in 1972, he was in command of the Apollo 16 mission to the Descartes Highlands on the Moon.

Young served as the commander of the first space shuttle mission (Space Transportation System 1 [STS-1]) in April 1981. He landed the space shuttle Columbia on the first runway landing of a manned space mission. His final mission (STS-9) was aboard space shuttle Columbia in 1983. Young’s shared record for the most space flights, six, was broken in 2002 by Jerry Ross.

Young is singled out for being the only American astronaut to have piloted four different classes of spacecraft: Gemini spacecraft, Apollo (command module), Apollo (lunar module), and space shuttle.

In 1973, Young became chief of the Space Shuttle Branch of the Astronaut Office. A year later, he was chosen to be chief of the Astronaut Office. He was the associate director (technical) at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, in 1981, inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, in 1993, and awarded the National Space Trophy, in 2000. After 42 years with NASA, Young retired from NASA at the end of 2004.

Source: Space Sciences. 4 vols. Macmillan Reference USA, 2002.

Click on the links below for articles about John Young from the Orlando Sentinel and photos of John Young as a Junior at Orlando Senior High School in the 1947 Tigando yearbook.

Surnames of Juniors pictured on page 62 of the 1947 Orlando Senior High School yearbook include: Warren, Wynell, Watkins, Wesson, West, Wetherell, Whaley, White, Wilder, Willard, Williams, Willsey, Winslow, Wolfe…
The football teams at Orlando Senior High School are featured on pages 76-79 in the 1947 yearbook. Surnames of persons identified in photos on page 77 include Stavros Demopoulos, Peeler…
Surnames of Juniors pictured on page 62 of the 1947 Orlando Senior High School yearbook include: Warren, Wynell, Watkins, Wesson, West, Wetherell, Whaley, White, Wilder, Willard, Williams, Willsey, Winslow, Wolfe…

Boys’ Baseball is featured on pages 85 and 86 in the 1947 Orlando Senior High School yearbook.Ralph Dobbins and Bill Peeler are featured in single photos on page 85…

 
The Torch Society at Orlando Senior High School is featured on page 107 in the 1947 yearbook. Students in the Torch Society had been members of the National Junior Honor…

The Key Club is featured on page 114 of the 1947 Orlando Senior High School yearbook. Club officers identified in a photo on the page are Conrad Stewart – President…

Orlando Evening Star newspaper Wednesday, April 21, 1965

 
Article from the Orlando Sentinel 21 April 1965, page 1A….

 
Article from the Orlando entinel  24 May 1972, page 3B. Astronaut John Young Due For Honors – Filled Days..

 

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Orlando Senior High School 1943 Yearbook - Seniors: Webb-Young +
Surnames of students pictured on this page include: Webb, Wellons, White, Wilder, Williams, Willis, Windom, Wolf, Woolf, Wright, Young, Hoequist, Thom...
Article: John Young Made Kiwanis Member
Orlando Evening Star newspaper Wednesday, April 21, 1965
Astronaut John Young Due For Honors - Filled Days
Article from the Orlando entinel  24 May 1972, page 3B. Astronaut John Young Due For Honors - Filled Days.
John Young Medals Offered
Article from the Orlando Sentinel 21 April 1965, page 1A.
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