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John Young, an astronaut who has flown to the moon twice in his career, has died. He was 86.
NASA reports Young is the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs, and he was the first to fly into space six times. As part of those missions, Young also flew to the moon twice. Prior to joining NASA, Young served in the U.S. Navy, where he retired as a captain.
Prior to his death, Young was one of six living Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon, out of the 12 total. The five astronauts remaining include Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Alan Bean, David Scott, Charles Duke, Jr., and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt.
We're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space Shuttle programs. pic.twitter.com/l4nSwUCMIq— NASA (@NASA) January 6, 2018
“Today, NASA and the world have lost a pioneer. 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,” acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. “John Young was at the forefront of human space exploration with his poise, talent, and tenacity. He was in every way the ‘astronaut’s astronaut.’ We will miss him.”
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.